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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBold recruit
Roud No.12878
Collected FromEggleton, John
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSHC 2598/72 Manuscript of A Cotswold Ploughing Match and other folk songs included in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 5th February, 1916, p 3, Part 17, No. 7
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

See these ribbons gaily streaming!
I’m a soldier now, Lizette,
And of battle I am dreaming,
And the honour I shall get;
With a bayonet by my side,
And a helmet on my brow,
And a proud steed to ride,
I shall rush through the foe.

Verse 2

We shall march away tomorrow,
By the breaking of the day,
When the trumpets will be sounding,
And the merry cymbals play;
But before I say goodbye,
And, alas, a parting take,
Take this ring as a proof,
And wear it for my sake.

Verse 3

Shame, Lizette! to still keep weeping,
While there’s fame in store for me,
Think of home when I’m returning,
What a joyful day ‘twill be;
When to church you’re fondly led,
Like a lady, proudly drest
With a hero to be wed,
With a medal on his breast.

Verse 4

Cheer up, my own Lizette!
Let not grief your beauty stain!
Soon as the battle’s ended,
Your recruit you’ll see again;
There is not a maiden fair,
But will welcome the salute,
And will envy the gay bride,
Of a bold, young recruit.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS ‘This song dates probably form the opening of the nineteenth century, i.e. the time of the wars on the Continent. I obtained the words of John Eggleton, Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire. He is in his ninetieth year.’

Note 2

In verse 3 line 6 the original text was:

Like a lady smartly drest

Note 3

The microfilm of the newspaper article is damaged and parts of Verse 1 are obscured but it does not appear to vary from the manuscript.

Note 4

The usual citation for this song is: WSHC: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 311. The above text is taken from the original which is the citation given above.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2014.



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