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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAaron's lovely home
Roud No.1427
Collected FromHarvey, Henry [Wassail]
LocationCricklade
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 349
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th March, 1916, p 3, Part 21, No. 8
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When I was young and in my prime -
My age was twenty one,
Then I became a servant
Unto a gentleman;
I served him true and honest,
And that it is well known,
Till cruelly, they banished me
From Aaron's lovely home.

Verse 2

'Twas in her father's garden,
All in the month of June,
His daughter she came to me,
In youth and beauty's bloom;
She says - "My dearest William,
If along with me you'll roam,
I will not grieve for those I leave,
At Aaron's lovely home."

Verse 3

'Twas on that night I gave consent,
Which proved my overthrow,
To leave her father's garden
And with the maid to go;
The moon was shining bright and fair,
From the garden we did roam,
And we thought that we had got safe away
From Aaron's lovely home.

Verse 4

But to my great misfortune,
As you shall quickly hear,
In two or three days after,
Her father did appear;
They marched me off to Warwick gaol,
In the county of Tyrone,
And there I was transported
From Aaron's lovely home.

Verse 5

The prison van came to the gate,
To take us all away,
My true love she came up to me,
And unto me did say -
"Cheer up your heart, be not dismayed,
For you I'll ne'er disown,
So do not grieve for those you leave,
In Aaron's lovely home."

Verse 6

When I received my sentence,
It grieved my heart full sore,
But leaving my own true love then
It grieved me ten times more;
There are seven strong links all in this chain,
And seven years must I roam,
With the iron band upon my hand
From Aaron's lovely home.

Verse 7

Adieu unto old England,
For the space of seven long years,
And those I leave behind me,
Are wailing in their tears;
And if ever once I do return,
I never more will roam,
But bid adieu to all my friends
At Aaron's lovely home.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: A general favourite, commonly sung by both sexes, which is the highest proof of a song's popularity. The tune was pleasant and perhaps this had something to do with its success among the villages. The copy I obtained of the late Wassail Harvey of Cricklade.

Williams, Alfred: WGS: A general favourite, commonly sung by both sexes, which is the highest proof of a songs popularity. The tune was pleasant and perhaps this had something to do with its success among the villages. The title, probably should be Erin's lovely home, since this song deals with the Emerald Isle, though since I have heard it so often, and every singer of it says Aaron I have kept to that rendering. The copy I obtained of the late Wassail Harvey of Cricklade.

Note 2

There are minor variations in punctuation between the Ms and WGS versions of the text.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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