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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDown in Moorfields
Roud No.605
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Williams, A: MS collection Bathe Clissold Index Section 6 No longer extant No X 761
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th December, 1915, p 2, Part 10, No. 8
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Down in Moorfields I walked one evening in the spring,
I heard a maid in Bedlam, how sweetly she did sing,
Her chains she rattled with her hands, and thus replied she -
I love my love because I know my love he does love me.

Verse 2

My love was forced from me, his parents proved unkind,
They sent him far across the sea all to torment my mind;
But though I suffer for his sake as he rolls upon the sea,
I love my love because I know my love he does love me.

Verse 3

I'll make my love a garland, and it shall be very fine,
I'll stick it up with roses red, and lilies mixed with thyme,
I will preserve it for his sake while he rolls upon the sea,
I love my love because I know my love he does love me.

Verse 4

Just as she was lamenting here true love came on land,
Hearing she was in Bedlam and straightway out of hand,
Just as he entered in the gates he heard her sigh and say -
I love my love because I know my love he does love me.

Verse 5
'Oh, stand away, don't frighten me! Are you my love or no?'
'Oh, yes my dearest Nancy. What makes you lament so?
I'm come to make you full amends for all your injury' -
I love my love because I know my love he does love me.

Verse 6

He brought her to her senses and married her with speed,
And now they love together in love and unity,
Pretty maidens, wait with patience, all you that love so true,
And love your love, in time you'll find your love he does love you.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: WGS: An old song, that was sung to a plaintive melody. I have heard of it but near the Downs of Wiltshire. Obtained of David Sawyer.

Note 2

This is from a section of the Bathe Clissold Index which states that it is:

'A list of songs known to have been noted by Williams - vide his own 'List of songs copies' [from his notebooks] - the manuscripts of which are no longer extant. [The original owners of Williams' manuscripts destroyed a number of song texts thinking they were on no use.]

I have continued the numbering sequence adopted by Bathe Clissold to encompass these songs.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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