English Folk - Early One Morning

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Early One Morning

Early one morning,
Just as the sun was rising,
I heard a young maid sing,
In the valley below.
 
[Chorus:]
Oh, don't deceive me,
Oh, never leave me,
How could you use
A poor maiden so?
 
Remember the vows,
That you made to your Mary,
Remember the bow'r,
Where you vowed to be true,
 
[Chorus]
 
Oh, gay is the garland,
And fresh are the roses,
I've culled from the garden,
To place upon thy brow.
 
[Chorus]
 
Thus sang the poor maiden,
Her sorrows bewailing,
Thus sang the poor maid,
In the valley below.
 
[Chorus]
 
Udostępniono przez Arou_Arou_ dnia pon., 15/01/2018 - 07:27
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"Early One Morning" (Roud V9617) is an English folk song with lyrics first found in publications as far back as 1787. A broadside ballad sheet in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, dated between 1828 and 1829 has the title "The Lamenting Maid" and refers to the lover leaving to become a sailor.

The now well-known melody was first printed by William Chappell in his publication National English Airs c.1855-1859. The melody may be derived from an earlier song "The Forsaken Lover". Chappell wrote in his later Popular Music of the Olden Time:

Cytat:

If I were required to name three of the most popular songs among the servant-maids of the present generation, I should say, from my own experience, that they are "Cupid's Garden", "I sow'd the seeds of love", and "Early one morning". I have heard "Early one morning" sung by servants who came from Leeds, from Hereford and from Devonshire, and by others from parts nearer to London. The tune... was, I believe first printed in my collection.... from one of the penny song-books collected by Ritson, and it is curious that scarely any two copies agree beyond the second line, although the subject is always the same - a damsel's complaint for the loss of her lover.

The lyrics were taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_One_Morning as well.

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