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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAmongst the new mown hay
Roud No.11
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleChild No 112
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 526
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I walked out into the field,
To see what pleasure I could find,
I saw a maid in her Holland frock,
She was busy raking,
She was busy raking among the new mown hay.

Verse 2

I said - 'Fair maid, throw down your rake,
And go with me to yonder wake.'
With kisses sweet and his love so kind,
It was to entice her,
It was to entice her for to change her mind.

Verse 3

'No, no, kind sir, that will not do,
For if my master he should know
That I left my work for to sport and play,
He would stop my wages,
He would stop my wages and turn me away.'

Verse 4

'Mind not your master, fair maid,' said he,
'All for thy love I will thee wed.
I will thee wed this very day,
If you'll come with me,
If you'll come with me from your master's hay.'

Verse 5

Then this fair maid threw down her rake,
And went with him to yonder wake,
For true love, then, as you shall find,
This loving couple,
This loving couple were in wedlock joined.

Verse 6

When forty weeks were come and gone,
This pretty fair maid she had a son,
She blessed the hour and the very day,
She went with her sailor,
She went with her sailor amongst the new mown hay.

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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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