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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitlePitcher of water
Roud No.2671
Collected FromUnknown
LocationBishopstone
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 364
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29th April, 1916, p 3, Part 29, No. 2
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

"Oh, where are you going so fast, pretty maid?"
Said I to a hind the other day, now;
"For a pitcher of water, kind sir, to the well,
And so don't stop me, I pray, now."
"For a pitcher of water," said I, "is that all?
Why, I am much stronger than you, now;
So give me the pitcher, I'll fetch it for you,
So dearly, indeed, I love you now."

Verse 2

The well being not far, I ran to it straight,
I bade her to wait there close by, now,
But great the misfortune I have to relate,
For the spire of the church caught my eye now,
Not thinking of wedlock - 'twas something to tell -
Crying - "Fanny! Oh what shall I do now?"
I slipped and the pitcher it dropped in the well,
And I was near falling in too, now.

Verse 3

In tears she replied, "I am ruined indeed,
Oh, where shall I go, or what do now?
My mother I promised to be back with speed,
This came of my trusting to you, now."
"Never mind, my dear Fanny, I'll risk my own life,
If you will consent to be my love.
Never mind the old pitcher! I'll make you my wife,
And blest I shall be with my true love."
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This I have heard twice only, i.e. at Bishopstone and Cricklade where I obtained the words of the late Wassail Harvey. I think it must be well nigh a century old. The use of the word 'hind' for a female peasant in the second line, is unusual and indicate some age of composition.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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