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DOWN IN YON FORREST

the refrain lines are:
sing may, queen may, sing mary
sing all good men for the newborn baby


verses:
down in yon forest be a hall
'tis coverlidded over with purple and pall

and in that hall is a pallet bed
'tis stained with blood a scarlet red

and by that bed there lies a stone
on which the virgin did atone

and under that hall is a gushing flood
from christ's own side hit's water and blood

and by that bed a shrub tree grows
since he was born hit blooms and blows

and on that bed a young squire sleeps
his wounds are sick, and see, he weeps

o hail yon hall where none can sin
'cause hit's gold outside and silver within

indeed collected and arranged by John Jacob Niles, and
the copyright (1935) must therefore refer to the arrangement. the tune is
quite different from the corpus christi carol...
filename[ YONFORST
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Down in Yon Forest (per Malcolm:This text was quoted from John Jacob Niles, who copyrighted it in 1935, apparently, though he made no claim to have written it. I don't have the relevant book, so I don't know who he said he had collected it from, though it seems that he got it in North Carolina; however, an almost identical text, with tune, was published in the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol.4, number 3, 1942. It had been noted in 1936 by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the singing of the folklorist Evelyn Wells, who learned it from Amos Curtis of Brasstown, North Carolina. Midi made from RVW's notation. There are a few minor textual differences; none greater than might be expected and not worth noting here (assuming the DT file to be a correct quote from Niles). Perhaps at some point in the future somebody who has the Niles music can compare the two; I expect them to be pretty much the same.)




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