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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAlderman and his servant
Roud No.2533
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 524
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

An Alderman lived in the city,
And he kept a beautiful maid,
And she was most wonderful witty,
Her part she most cunningly played.

Verse 2

One morning her master came to her,
And wished her to sit on his knee,
And many fine presents her made her,
Saying: 'Nancy, dear Nancy, love me!'

Verse 3

'Oh, master! I much at you wonder,
A man that is aged and grey,
To have such a longing desire,
A poor innocent maid to betray.

Verse 4

Oh no! I'll not trust you nor try you,
Nor no other man in this place,
So much as one night to lie by you,
To bring me to shame and disgrace.'

Verse 5

When he found he could no way delude her,
He then did the parson employ,
And made her an Alderman's lady,
Five hundred a year to enjoy.

Verse 6

Now Nancy's an Alderman's lady,
And she in her carriage does ride,
She's servant's to wait and attend her,
And footmen to run by her side.

Verse 7

'Now, of I had harked to my master,
And listened to all he had said,
I should never have been a fine lady,
But always a poor servant maid.'
 
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Notes
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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