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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBlighted flower
Roud No.13844
Collected FromUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSHC 2598/72 Manuscript of A Cotswold Ploughing Match and other folk songs included in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

There was a flower in my garden growing,
Guarded and kept with fond and anxious care,
A peerless gem of Nature’s own bestowing,
Of tints unrivalled and fragrance rare;
In an evil hour there came about my dwelling,
One that had blighted many a flower before,
He saw my gem, all other gems excelling,
He smiled upon it and it bloomed no more.

Verse 2

Next day it withered and degraded,
Cast by the spoiler carelessly away,
It’s freshness gone, its varied colours faded,
Despised, forsaken, hastening to decay;
Vainly I strove the faded spark to cherish,
Nought now remains of what was once so dear,
Only with life shall fond remembrance perish,
Or cease to flow the unavailing tear.
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The usual citation for this song is: WSHC: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 536. That is a copy of above text, taken from the original which is located at the citation given above.



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