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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBailiff's daughter of Islington
Roud No.483
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleChild No 105
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 529
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 5

Give ma a penny thou prentice good,
Believe a maid forlorn,
Before I give you a penny sweetheart
Pray tell where you was born

Verse 6

Oh I was born at Islington
Then tell me if you know
The Bailiff's daughter of that place
She died sir, long ago

Verse 7

If she be dead then take my horse
My bridle and saddle also
For I will too some distant land
Where no man does me know

Verse 8

Oh stay oh stay thou goodly youth
She standeth by thy side
She is alive she is not dead
But ready to be thy bride
Print Song Lyrics
Fragment only. The text is different to that published in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames and Williams makes no reference to collecting any other version. The other version in the collection is from Mrs Alice M Collis of Aston, Oxfordshire, Ox 187.
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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