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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBlackbird
Roud No.17554
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 533
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Twas on a bank of daisies sweet
A lovely damsel sighed,
The little lambkins played at her feet
While she in sorrow cried -
'Where is my love? Where can he stray?'
When thus a blackbird sang -
'Sweet, sweet, sweet. He will not stray.'
The air with music rang.

Verse 2

Oh, mock me not, bold bird,' she said,
'And why, pray! tarry here?
Dost thou bemoan some youngling fled
Or hast thou lost thy dear?
Dost thou lament his absence? Say.'
'Sweet, sweet, sweet. He will not stray.'
The air with music rang.

Verse 3

'Sing on,' she cried, 'thou charming bird,
Those dulcet tones repeat;
No music e'er like thine was heard,
So truly pure and sweet.
Oh, that my love were here today!'
Once more the blackbird sang
'Sweet, sweet, sweet. He comes this way.'
The air with music rang.
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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.



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