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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleShepherd and the hermit
Roud No.2449
Collected FromIles, Elijah
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 412
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15th April, 1916, p 3, Part 27, No. 4
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

The shepherd played his pipes so sweet,
And watched the lambs at play,
And there he saw a lady neat,
He stole her heart away.

Verse 2

She gave him a diamond ring,
Into his arms she flew -
"Young man you stole my heart away,
In love I'll die for you."

Verse 3

"If I have stole your heart away,
I'll give it you again,
My heart and all are thine, my love,
For ever to remain.

Verse 4

Tomorrow night, in yonder grove,
Under that well known tree,
If you will meet me there, my love,
We'll name our wedding day."

Verse 5

These words revived the lady's heart,
She smiled and dropped a tear -
"My heart and all are thine, my love,
I'll surely meet thee there."

Verse 6

The shepherd penned his sheep and went,
To meet his lady fair;
He never more his love did see,
The hermit killed him there.

Verse 7

Long time she wandered up and down,
Under that well known tree;
Long time she wandered up and down,
But no true love could see.

Verse 8

She wandered to that hermit's cave,
When dark was all the sky;
A thunderstorm did her oppress,
For her true love she cried.

Verse 9

"Walk in, fair maid," this hermit said,
"Into my warm sheltered cell,
Walk in, and rest your weary feet,
Here peace and safety dwell."

Verse 10

But, seeing her love dead on the ground,
Lamenting she did cry;
Being tender hearted like a dove,
She broke her heart and died.

Verse 11

The hermit he had got a cave,
Within that lonesome wood;
The shepherd he became his prey,
And served him for his food.
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'This looks more like a recitation than a song: it was sung however, and was pleasing to the old folks of the last century. It was popular at Southrop and Lechlade, words obtained of Elijah Iles, Inglesham.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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