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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBetsy of the moor
Roud No.21199
Collected FromFreeman, Emily Mrs.
LocationAmpney Crucis
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12th August, 1916, p 3, Part 41, No. 4
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I walked out one morning all for sweet recreation,
So happy in my station no care to trouble me;
To view the fruits of nature and every happy creature,
And all the gay amusements before my eyes could see.

Verse 2

To watch fair flowers together and the fruits among the heather,
The pretty little lambkins how they did sport and play;
Bright shining came Aurora accompanied by Flora,
And the bright rays of Phoebus began to feed the day.

Verse 3

High hills and lofty mountains divided by small fountains,
Which run to join the ocean all on that briny shore;
Through grief and sad vexation I lost all consolation,
My rule and habitation lies down this wintry moor.

Verse 4

My parents they are aged and them I will not leave;
For early they're repining and daily are declining,
And hourly they are bowing and bending to the grave.

Verse 5

As nature here don't bind me, since you are pleased to mind me,
Most dutiful you'll find me, until life is no more;
If you wait till they expire, I will grant what you desire,
What more can you require of sweet Betsy of the Moor.
Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The following piece is not quite complete. It is very old and interesting, nevertheless. I have not heard it elsewhere. Words of Mrs E Newman, Ampney Crucis.'

Note 2

X in verse 4 denotes a missing line.

Note 3

In the WGS version the line lengths are half the above, though the wording is identical.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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