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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleYou gentlemen of England
Roud No.18526
Collected FromBall, David
LocationAston
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 192
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 1st April, 1916, p 3, Part 25, No. 13: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 201, 202
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

You gentlemen of England
That live at home at ease,
Ah! Little do you think upon
The dangers of the seas.

Verse 2

Give ear unto the mariners,
And they will plainly show
All the cares, and the fears,
When the stormy winds do blow.

Verse 3

If enemies oppose us,
When England is at wars
With any foreign nations,
We fear not wounds or scars.

Verse 4

Our roaring guns shall teach them
Our valour for to know,
Whilst they reel on the keel,
When the stormy winds do blow.

Verse 5

Then courage, all brave mariners,
And never be dismayed!
Whilst we brave bold adventurers
We shall never want a trade.

Verse 6

Our merchants will employ us
To fetch our wealth, we know;
Then be bold, work for gold,
When the stormy winds do blow.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'Not purely a folk song, but as it was sung by the villagers of Aston, Coate and Shifford at the inns, and at club festivals, I have included it in my list. Obtained of David Ball, Aston, Oxfordshire.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Not purely a folk song, but as it was sung by the villagers of Aston, Coate and Shifford at the inns, and at club festivals, I have included it in my list. Obtained at Aston, Oxfordshire.'

Note 2

There is a note in the folder stating that the manuscript is missing.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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