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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleA-begging buttermilk I will go
Roud No.1227
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 432
Source SecondaryWilts And Gloucestershire Standard, 30th October, 1915, p 2, Part 5, No. 8: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, p 40
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

A-begging buttermilk I will go,
I know I shan't be a beggar long,
For there's an old woman at yonder farm
Will give me plenty if I ask for some.

Verse 2

I'll sell it all for one pennee,
Fol the lol the laddle dee,
And with that penny I will buy eggs,
And I shall have seven for my pennee.

Verse 3

I'll set my seven eggs under a hen,
If cocks then they should chance to be,
I'll make seven gamesters of them,
And there will be seven half crowns for me.

Verse 4

There will be seven half crowns for me,
Fol the lol the laddle dee,
And with that money I'll buy land,
All with my single, one pennee.

Verse 5

As this young boy was going along
Under a stony wall,
He hitched his foot against a stone,
And down came buttermilk, pitcher and all.

Verse 6

Then this poor boy got up again,
His lands and livings then were stretched,
And his mother thus made this reply,
"Thou'st reckoned thy chickens before they were hatched."
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: Obtained of David Sawyer, the sheep shearer, of Ogbourne, Wiltshire. He learned it of his mother.

Williams, Alfred: WGS: Obtained of David Sawyer, the sheep shearer, of Ogbourne. He learned it of his mother.

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: Obtained of David Sawyer, Ogbourne, Wilts. He learned it of his mother. The subject appears among the fables of Aesop, and also in the Hindu Hitopodesa.

Note 2

In Verse 2 Line 2 and Verse 4 Line 2 the original text read:

Fol the rol the ladle dee


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Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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