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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleRolling in the dew
Roud No.298
Collected FromIles, Elijah
LocationInglesham
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleMummers' song
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 407: WSRO: 2598/28 Williams, A: Round about the Upper Thames Ms Vol. 5 p 41 - 47
Source SecondaryWilliams, Alfred: Round About the Upper Thames, p 311
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Suppose that I should marry you, my pretty, fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
'Please yourself, and that you may, kind sir,' she quickly said,
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 2

What should you do for wedding clothes
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
I'll cut my Holland milking smock, and that will make a pretty frock
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 3

Where should we find a cottage?
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
My brother he will make us one, for he's the woodman's eldest son.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 4

And who would then to market go?
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
I'll lead my white calves by hand, as proud as any in the land.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 5

Suppose that I should run away
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
Of curds and cream I should not lack, my sand red cow would call you back.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 6

Suppose I shouldn't marry you,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
You can wait until you're asked, kind sir, this maiden said.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 7

Then let us to the good priest go,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
Nay, Fie on your false heart for shame, I know Jack Vinney is thy name,
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms: This appears in the Inglesham Mummer's Play. It is collated from two sources, the note book and the published book.

Note 2

In Vinney's song:

Verse 1, 2 and 5 appear in both books
Verse 3, 4 and 6 appear in the note book
Verse 7 appears in the published book only

Verse 2: Line 1 - I'll cut my snowy - Note book
Verse 2: Line 1 - I'll cut my Holland - published book

Note 3

Williams, Alfred: RAUT Ms: there are variations between the two versions of the song.

Verse 1

Suppose that I should marry you, my pretty, fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?'
"Please yourself, and that you may, kind sir," she quickly said,
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 2

"What should you do for wedding clothes, my pretty fair maid
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?"
"I'll cut my snowy milking smock, and that will make a pretty frock
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair."

Verse 3

"Where should we find a cottage, my pretty fair maid?
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?"
"My brother he will make us one, for he's the woodman's eldest son.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair."

Verse 4

"And who would then to market go, my pretty fair maid?
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?"
"I'll lead my white calves by hand, as proud as any in the land.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair."

Verse 5

"Suppose that I should run away, my pretty fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?"
Of curds and cream I should not lack, my sand red cow would call you back.
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair.

Verse 6

"Then let us to the good priest go, my pretty fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair?"
"Nay! Fie on your false heart for shame, I know Jack Vinney is thy name,
It's rolling in the dew makes the milkmaids so fair."

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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