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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleWeaver's daughter
Roud No.1277
Collected FromBartlett, Joseph
LocationDown Ampney
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 76
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 25th March, 1916, p 3, Part 24, No. 12: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 191, 192
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Across the fields, one sweet May morn,
As I walked out quite early,
A lovely lass came tripping by,
As light as any fairy.

Verse 2

"Where are you going, my pretty maid?"
And by the hand I caught her;
I asked her name, she blushed with shame -
"I'm the poor old weaver's daughter"

Verse 3

Her cheeks were fair as any rose,
Her age was almost twenty,
I says - "My dear, if you'll be mine,
I've gold and riches plenty."

Verse 4

"My mother she has not long been dead,
And a nice lesson she taught me -
To marry for love, and not for gold,"
Cries the poor old weaver's daughter.

Verse 5

"My father he is nearly blind,
And now gone past his labour,
And he'll break his heart from me to part,"
Cries the poor old weaver's daughter.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'A pretty and pleasant old song, formerly popular in the villages between Cricklade and Cirencester. Obtained of Joseph Bartlett, Down Ampney.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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