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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCold blows the winter's wind
Roud No.51
Collected FromUnknown
LocationBishopstone
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 370
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 30th October, 1915, p 2, Part 5, No. 4: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 76
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Cold blows the winter's wind, true love,
Cold blows the drops of rain,
I never, never had but one true love,
And in greenwood he was slain.
I felt as much for my true love,
As any maiden may,
To sit and mourn all on his grave,
For twelve months and one day.

Verse 2

When twelve months and one day were gone
The spirits began to speak -
"Who's this, who's this all on my grave?
That will not let me sleep?"
"'Tis I, 'tis I, your own true love,
A-waiting here for you,
To have one kiss of your lily-white lips,
Which we oft times used to do."

Verse 3

"How can you have a kiss of my lily-white lips?
My breath smells very strong.
How can you have a kiss of my lily-white lips?
For thy time it won't be long.
Go, fetch me not from the dungeon deep,
Nor water from a stone,
Nor white milk from a maiden's breast,
For maidens they have none."

Verse 4

"It was down in a garden, my true love,
Where you and I did walk,
But the finest lily that ever grew there,
Is withered to a stalk.
The stalk will not bear any blossoms, true love,
Nor the lily bear no thyme,
But since I have lost my own true love,
I must get another in time."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: 'A sweet and formerly popular old song obtained of Mrs Goodfield, Crudwell. Heard also at Watchfield, Broadwell and Bishopstone.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'A sweet and formerly popular old song obtained of Mrs Goodfield, Crudwell. Heard also at Watchfield and Broadwell.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'A sweet and formerly popular old song. Obtained of Mrs Goodfield, Crudwell. Heard also at Watchfield, Broadwell and Bishopstone.'

Note 2

In Verse 1 Line 8 the original text read:

For a twelve month and one day

In Verse 2 Line 1 the original text read:

When a twelve month and a day was gone

In Verse 3 Line 5 the original text was:

Go, fetch me not from a dungeon deep,

The original text was laid out in eight line stanzas but there is a note by Williams to use four line verses and it was in this form that it was printed.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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