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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleCome tell me when, come tell me where
Roud No.13246
Collected FromMills, James
LocationSouth Cerney
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 146
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 30th October, 1915, p 2, Part 5, No. 6
Song Lyrics
Verse 1 Youth

Come tell me when, come tell me where,
Am I to meet with thee, my fair?
Come tell me when, come tell me where.

Verse 2 Maiden

I'll meet thee in the secret night,
When stars are beaming soft and light,
Enough for love, but not too bright,
To tell our blushes there.

Verse 3 Youth

You've told me when, now tell me where,
Am I to meet with thee, my fair?
You've told me when, but where?

Verse 4 Maiden

I'll meet thee in that lonely place,
Where flowerets dwell in sweet embrace,
And zephyr comes to steal a grace,
All on the midnight air.

Verse 5 Youth

You've told me when, you've told me where,
But how shall I know that thou art there?
You've told me when and where.

Verse 6 Maiden

Thou'lt know when I shall sing a lay,
That wandering boys on organs play,
No lover, sure, can miss his way,
When led by the signed air.

With a fol lol lol, a fol lol lol,
The signal air, i-lay.
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An old love duet obtained of W Mills, South Cerney.'

Note 2

In the last couplet Line 2 the original text read:

The signal air, a lay.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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