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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAround the grove as I was walking
Roud No.218
Collected FromRussell, Mrs.
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitlePoison in a glass of wine
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 317
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 11th March, 1916, p 3, Part 22, No. 6
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Around the grove as I was walking,
And in the fields, where all was green,
'Twas there I heard two damsels talking,
Which made the small birds whistle and sing.

Verse 2

He said - "My dear, shall I enjoin you?
And for ever I'll prove true.
I hope a raging will destroy me,
If ever I should prove false to you."

Verse 3

"Although my name it is Maria,
I am a girl of high degree;
He courted me both late and early,
Until he had his will of me."

Verse 4

Although this fair and lovely creature,
She was invited to a ball,
Her jealous young man soon followed after,
It was to prove her overthrow.

Verse 5

He caught her dancing with another,
When jealousy fulfilled his mind;
And to destroy his own true lover,
This jealous young man he felt inclined.

Verse 6

A dose of poison he provided,
Mixed it with a glass of wine;
He gave it to his own true lover,
She drank it up with a cheerful mind.

Verse 7

And when she had no sooner drunk [drank] it -
"Pray take me home, my dear," said she;
"The glass of liquor you just gave me,
Has made me ill as ill can be."

Verse 8

As they were walking home together,
This wicked young man unto her did say;
"I gave you poison all in your liquor,
To take your tender life away."

Verse 9

"And I have drunk the same, my dearest,
I am as ill, as ill as thee" -
All in each other's arms they died,
Young girls be aware of jealousy.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: It will be noticed that many of the old songs began with the idea of someone overhearing another relating his or her misfortunes and sorrow. It is very naive though the scheme is not inartistic. Tedious, perhaps, it may appear now and then; but we must remember the nature of the materials we are dealing with, and not lose sight of the simplicity of those who sang the pieces. Copy obtained of Mrs Russell, Tetbury.

Note 2

Mrs Russell is identified as having lived her early life in Crudwell, Wiltshire in the introduction to Old grey man WSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: Ms collection No Gl 161.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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