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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBuxom blade
Roud No.7
Collected FromRowles, Alice, Mrs. [Minnie]
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleFemale highwayman
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 305
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th March,1916, p 3, Part 21, No. 6
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

In London there lived a buxom blade,
A jolly butcher all by his trade;
He fell in love with some damsel bright,
And he loved her dearly,
He loved her dearly as he loved his life.

Verse 2

With her silvery finery all on one day,
She dressed herself in man's array;
With a sword and pistol hung by her side,
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love, she did ride.

Verse 3

And when she met him all on the plain,
She boldly bid him for to stand;
"Stand and deliver, kind sir," she said,
"Or else this moment,
Or else this moment, your life I'll have."

Verse 4

Then he delivered his gold in store,
She cried aloud, "Sir, there's one thing more,
There's a diamond ring which I saw you wear,
Deliver it,
Deliver it, and your life I'll spare."

Verse 5

"This diamond ring was a token given,
All I'll keep it too, if my life I'd lose."
She being tender hearted, like a dove,
She rode away,
She rode away from her true love.

Verse 6

The very next day they both were seen,
Walking together in the garden green;
Seeing his watch hanging by her side,
It made him blush,
It made him blush like any rose.

Verse 7

"What makes you blush, you foolish thing?
'Twas I that wanted your diamond ring.
'Twas I that robbed you all on the plain,
So take your watch love,
So take your watch, and your gold again.

Verse 8

The reason of my doing so,
Was to see whether you were a man or no;
But now I have a contented mind,
My heart and all,
My heart and all and my love is thine."
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This song was formerly popular in and around Marston Meysey, where it was sung by an old carter named W. Barrett, of whose daughter, Mrs Rowles, Bridge Street, Witney, I obtained the copy.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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