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Posted - 20 Nov 02 - 08:04 pm

Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies

Come all you fair and tender ladies
Take warning how you court young men
They're like bright stars of a summer's morning
First they'll appear and then be gone

They'll tell to you some loving story
They will declare their love is true
Straightway they'll go and court some other
And that's the love that they have for you

If I had known before I courted,
That love had been so hard to win,
I'd have locked my heart in a box of golden,
And a-fastened if up with a silver pin

I wish I were a little sparrow
Or some of those that fly so high
I'ld fly away to my false lover
And when he'd talk I would be nigh

But as it, I am no sparrow
And niether have I wings to fly
I'll sit down here in grief and sorrow
I'll weep and pass my troubles by

Source: Karples, M (1968) Eighty English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalacians London, Faber and Faber


Sung by Mrs Jane Gentry.
The text has been compiled from two other versions.

Database entry is here

Whilst this is included in a book of 'English' songs, all the versions that I know (or can find) are American. Are there any English sets?


Jon Freeman

Posted - 20 Nov 02 - 08:23 pm

I don't know Ed. I'd always assumed tis song was American.



Posted - 21 Nov 02 - 12:01 pm

Er ... Ed.

I think our Maud means English as in the language.



Posted - 21 Nov 02 - 12:20 pm

No, Ian. It means songs of English (or at least British) origin.



Posted - 22 Nov 02 - 10:03 am


Perhaps she felt that it was a version of "The Water Is Wide"?


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