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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleYonder sits a pretty little creature
Roud No.146
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleNo John, no
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 225
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 22nd January, 1916, p 2, Part 15, No. 3
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Yonder sits a pretty little creature,
Who she is I do not know,
I'll go court her for her sweet favour,
Let her answer "Yes" or "No".


With my twenty, eighteen, sixteen, fourteen,
Twelve, ten, eight, six, four, two, none;
Nineteen, seventeen, fifteen, thirteen,
Eleven, nine, seven, five, three, one.

Verse 2

"O madam, mind, I'm come a-courting,
If your favour I can gain,
If you make me kindly welcome,
Perhaps then I may come again?"


Verse 3

"Sit you down, you're kindly welcome,
If your face I never see no more,
I must and I will have a handsome fellow,
Let him keep me, rich or poor."


Verse 4

"Madam, don't think much of beauty,
Beauty's a flower that soon will fade,
The fairest flower that grows in summer,
Soon it'll die and fade away."
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'The following version of the above [March away, collected from David Sawyer] I obtained of Charles Tanner, Bampton, Oxfordshire. The chorus is worthy of note. Its composition and balance are perfect: one is surprised to find such in the bare enumeration of a score of figures.'

Note 2

The manuscript is a copy of the text found in Packet 23 of the Williams archive.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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