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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSower's song
Roud No.1264
Collected FromMackie, Elizabeth Harriet Mrs.
LocationLechlade
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 102
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12th August, 1916, p 3, Part 41, No. 8: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 141
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Now hands to seed sheet, boys,
We step and we cast. Old Time's on wing.
And, would you partake of Harvest's joy,
The corn must be sown in spring.

Verse 2

Fall gently and still, good corn,
Lie warm in your earthy bed;
And stand so yellow some morn,
For beast and man must be fed.

Verse 3

Old Earth is a pleasure to see
In sunshiny cloak of red and green;
The furrow lies fresh, and this year will be
As years that are past have been.

Verse 4

Old Mother, receive this corn,
The son of six thousand golden sires;
All these on thy kindly breast were born,
One more thy poor child requires.

Verse 5

Now, steady and sure again,
And measure of stroke and step we keep;
Thus up and down we cast our grain,
Sow well, and you shall gladly reap.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'A superior piece, evidently penned by one possessing more than the average ballad writer's skill. Words obtained of Mrs Mackie, Lechlade.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: A superior piece, not heard out of North Wilts. Words of Mrs Mackie, Lechlade.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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