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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleHere's my sister Betsy
Roud No.802
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleDon’t let me die an old maid
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 208
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15th July, 1916, p 3, Part 37, No. 8: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 297, 298
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Here's my sister Betsy, much younger than I am,
Had nine or ten offers, and yet she denied them;
Before she was twenty she'd a son and a daughter,
Here am I, six and thirty, and had not one offer.


A linman, a tinman, a tinker, a tailor,
A feller, a peller, a ploughboy, a sailor,
Gentle or simple, or foolish or witty,
Me die an old maid! Pray, take me for pity.

Verse 2

I'll make a good wife, I won't scold nor be jealous,
I'll give him some money to spend at the alehouse,
While I stay at home, both busy and saving,
So judge me, my friend, if I'm not worth your having.

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Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'Fragment supplied by Charles Tanner, Bampton.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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