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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleDownhill of life
Roud No.1308
Collected FromCouling, Lot
LocationKempsford
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 96
Source SecondaryWilliams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 249, 250
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

I've a porch at my door, both for shelter and shade too,
Or sunshine or rain may prevail
I've a small plot of ground for the use of my spade too,
And a barn for the use of my flail;
A cow for my dairy, a dog for my game
A purse when a friend wants to borrow
I'll not envy no Nabob his riches or fame
Or what knows may wait him tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow,
Or what knows may wait him tomorrow
 
Print Song Lyrics
 
Notes
Note 1

Alfred Williams - 'Song popular at Kempsford and Poulton.'

Note 2

The printed version is:

With a porch at my door, both for shelter and shade too,
Or sunshine or rain may prevail
A small plot of ground for the use of my spade too,
And a barn for the use of my flail;
A cow for my dairy, a dog for my game
A purse when a friend wants to borrow
I'll not envy a Nabob his riches or fame
Or what honours may wait him tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow,
Or what honours may wait him tomorrow

The manuscript has an asterisk after the title followed by [missing verse]. In pencil in another hand is 'doubtful inclusion'. Gl 122 also contains an asterisk between the second and third verses and this is how the song is printed as a four verse song.

However, a comparison of the published version of the song with this shows that an amended version was used as verse 3 in copy ascribed to George Herbert. This may be one of the few examples where it is possible to identify how Williams linked his collected versions together.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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