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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBold General Wolff
Roud No.624
Collected FromHaydon, Shadrach [Shepherd]
LocationBampton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 193
Source SecondaryWilts And Gloucestershire Standard, 6th November, 1915, p 2, Part 6, No. 6: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 162. 163
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Bold General Wolff to his men did say -
"Come, come, my lads and follow me
To yonder mountain that is so high,
All for the honour
All for the honour
Of George the King and your country.

Verse 2

Yonder stand the French on the mountain high,
And we poor lads in the valley must lie
To see them fall like motes in the sun,
Through smoke and fire
Through smoke and fire
Arising from our British guns."

Verse 3

The very first ball that the French gave us
Wounded our General in his right breast;
Yonder he sits for he cannot stand -
"Fight on so boldly,
Fight on so boldly,
For as long as I've breath I'll give command.

Verse 4

Here is my treasure, it's all in gold,
Take it and part it, for my blood runs cold;
Take it and part it," General Wolff did say
"For you lads of honour,
For you lads of honour
Have shown the French such gallant play.

Verse 5

When you do return to old England again,
You tell my parents that I am slain,
Tell my tender old mother dear
To weep not for me,
To weep not for me
For I died a death that I wished to share.

Verse 6

At eighteen years old I did begin,
All for the honour of George the King.
Let every commander do as I've done before,
And be a soldier's friend my boys,
And be a soldier's friend my boys
And they will fight for ever more."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'General Wolff commanded the British forces in Canada at the siege of Quebec, where he obtained a brilliant victory and at the same time lost his life. Communicated by John Puffet, Lechlade and Shadrach Haydon, Hatford.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'General Wolfe commanded the British forces in Canada at the siege of Quebec, where he obtained a brilliant victory and at the same time lost his life. Communicated by John Puffet, Lechlade and Shadrach Haydon, Hatford.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'General Wolfe commanded the British forces in Canada at the siege of Quebec, where he obtained a brilliant victory and at the same time lost his life. Communicated by Shadrach Haydon, Hatford.'

Note 2

Williams has changed the usual spelling of Wolfe to Wolff in the manuscript. He also attributes the song to John Puffet as well as Shadrach Haydon in the manuscript note but not in the book.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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