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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleLass of Richmond Hill
Roud No.1246
Collected FromThorne, James
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 281
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th July, 1916, p 3, Part 36, No. 4: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 70
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

On Richmond hill there lives a lass,
More bright than May-day Morn,
All other maidens she'd surpass -
A rose without a thorn;
This lass so sweet, with smiles so sweet,
Has won my right good-will,
I'll crowns resign to call her mine -
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill.


Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
I'll crowns resign to call her mine -
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill.

Verse 2

Ye zephyrs gay that fan the air,
And wander through the grove,
O whisper to my charming fair,
I die for her, my love:
How happily will the shepherd be,
Who calls this nymph his own!
O may her choice be fixed on me!
Mine's fixed on her alone.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS / FSUT: 'The Lass of Richmond Hill is very well known and figures in several collections of old songs. The following copy was current at Langford, which was formerly noted for its various activities, viz in music, wrestling and back-sword play. Words obtained of James Thorne, Langford, near Lechlade.'

Note 2

In the file is a fair copy of the text by Williams and another copy in pencil in the hand of James Thorne who writes, 'May 28th, 1916 To Mr Williams. Dear sir sorry i was not at home when you called but i have wrote the song you wanted the same as i used to sing it hope you will get it alright what lovely weather we are having Yours truly James Thorn Langford nr Lechlade Glos'.

James Thorne does not use the capital 'I', or any punctuation in his letter.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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