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Posted - 14 Jul 07 - 07:52 am

I'll spread the green branches although I am young;
So well do I live my love, so sweetly she sung;
Was there ever man in so happy a state
As I and my Flora, my Flora, fair Flora so great?

I will go to my Flora, and to her I'll say,
"We both will be married, it wants but one day,"
"One day!" says this fair one, "One day is to come!
To be married so early, so early, my age is too young."

"I will first go to service, and when I return
We both will be married all in the next town."
"Will you first go to service, and leave me to cry?"
"Yes, lovely shephers, yes shepherd, I have told you for why."

As it happened, to service, she went,
To wait on a lady, as was her intent;
For to wait on a lady, a rich lady gay,
Who cloth-ed young Flora, young Flora, in costly array.

In twelvemonth, or better, a letter I sent,
Three or four lines for to know her intent;
She wrote that she lived a contented life,
But that she never, she never could be a poor shepherd's wife.

These words and experience they pierced like a dart,
But I'll pluck up my spirits, and cheer up my heart;
By hoping that thus she may write nevermore,
But let me convince her, convince her, as ofttimes before.

Now my ewes and my lambs I will bid them adieu,
My hook, crook and black dog, I'll leave them to you;
My hook, crook and black dog, I'll leave here behind,
Since Flora, fair Flora, fair Flora, has chang-ed her mind.

Broadwood, L, 1893, English County Songs, London, Leadenhall Press


From Mr Grantham, carter.

Irene Shettle

Posted - 22 Jul 07 - 05:34 pm

The song was collected by Lucy Broadwood herself in 1893. Mr Grantham was stated by Lucy Broadwood to be an illiterate carter, originally born in Sussex, but having lived in Surrey for many years. He lived at Anstie Grange, near Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, relatively close to the Sussex border.

"Mr Grantham, a native of Sussex, but long settled near Holmwood, Surrey, is an old carter. He cannot read. He sang a number of songs learnt as a boy from other carters and farm labourers. Mr Grantham knew “a many songs” which he would not sing even to a gentleman, as he said “They be outway rude”. In 1893 he was still wearing the white smock-frock that is becoming so rare in Sussex and Surrey."

Lucy Broadwood, Folk Song Journal, Vol 2, 1904

Edited By Irene Shettle - 22 Jul 07 - 05:35 pm


Posted - 22 Jul 07 - 07:01 pm

Thanks, Irene.

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