|Author||Topic: Add: The Spider|
|dmcg||Posted - 28 Mar 03 - 08:43 am|
It was one summer's morning,
As I lay on my bed,
I spied an ancient spider,
A-spinning of her thread.
She wove it in a sunny beam,
As clear as glass might be;
The oldest nun that ever spun
Ne'er spun so fine as she.
The first that came into the net.
A silly fly, was slain;
The next that came, a hornet bold,
Soon broke the net in twain.
And so I ofttimes wonder why
Are poor men brought to shame,
While rich men live in vanity,
And all men praise their name.
O if I had but Agur's wish,
And it might come to me,
That I were neither poor nor rich,
How happy I should be!
For riches are but vanity,
I heard the wise man cry,
And when you think to hold them fast,
Away from you they fly.
If rich men would advis-ed be,
And stewards would be just,
And to their tenants frank and free,
When they are put in trust;
The hump from off the camel's back
Would easily be shaven;
The camel pass the needle's eye,
The rich man enter heaven.
Source: Broadwood, Lucy, 1893, English Country Songs, Leadenhall Press, London
Lucy Broadwood wrote:
This is given as one of the songs from Derbyshire, mainly added because someone in Mudcat was looking for songs from Derbyshire. I suspect the 'part' re-written by the Reverend Canon must be in the majority. "Agur's wish", for example, refer's to chapter 30 of the book of Proverbs. Some of the relevant verses are:
Database entry is here.
|MMario||Posted - 28 Mar 03 - 02:23 pm|
||Posted - 28 Mar 03 - 02:52 pm|
Roud 1372. Unsurprisingly, the only example listed.
|Phil Taylor||Posted - 30 Mar 03 - 11:34 am|
Don't you wish that early collectors could have refrained from re-writing songs? Or at least preserved the original. There seems to be very little connection here between the first verse and a half and the pious moralising of the remainder.
By the way, the key should be Dm, rather than F, and the abc has "The Wassail Bough" as the main title.
|dmcg||Posted - 30 Mar 03 - 12:07 pm|
Key and title fixed - Thanks, Phil.