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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleShepherd on the mountain
Roud No.1433
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 220
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th January, 1916, p 2, Part 16, No. 11
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Young William the shepherd kept sheep on the mountain,
And his echoing voice made the valleys to ring;
With his bagpipes so neatly, he played them so sweetly,
And his echoing voice made pretty Sally to sing.

Verse 2

Says William to Sally - "My dear, let us go walking
Down in yonder gay meadows to take the fresh air,"
Where the lambkins were playing Sally and I went a-straying,
So sweetly the nightingale sang to my dear.

Verse 3

Says Sally to William - "My dear, I must leave you,
For the night is approaching, and I must go home;
All my friends will chastise me and unto me will prove cruel,
If I and my William should tarry too long."

Verse 4

Says William to Sally - "Let's join and be married,
We'll live in a cottage, contented with home,
Let's join and be married,' replies the young shepherd,
'Let's join and be married, with our sheep all on."

Verse 5

Now this couple are married and are united,
They live in a cottage down by the sea,
Where they're never dejected, but always respected,
And always a-striving each other to please.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This is a very old country song, rude and unpolished, but not without a certain charm of language and sentiment. Obtained of Charles Tanner, Bampton and Richard Gardner, Hardwick, Oxfordshire.'

Note 2

In Verse 1 line 4 initially read:

And his echoing voice made the valley to sing.

Verse 2 is inserted in red ink.

In Verse 4 line 2 initially read:

Replies the young shepherd with his sheep all on.

In Verse 4, Line 4 the WGS text reads:

In Verse 5 line 3 initially read:

Where they're always protected and always respected.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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