ALL THINGS ARE QUITE SILENT
All things are quite silent, each mortal at rest,
When me and my love got snug in one nest,
When a bold set of ruffians they entered our cave,
And they forced my dear jewel to plough the salt wave.
I begged hard for my sailor as though I begged for life.
They'd not listen to me although a fond wife,
Saying: "The king he wants sailors, to the sea he must go,"
And they've left me lamenting in sorrow and woe.
Through green fields and meadows we ofttimes did walk,
And sweet conversation of love we have talked,
With the birds in the woodland so sweetly did sing,
And the lovely thrushes' voices made the valleys to ring.
Although my love's gone I will not be cast down.
Who knows but my sailor may once more retum ?
And will make me amends For all trouble and strife,
And my true love and I might live happy for life.
From Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, Williams and Lloyd
See also Lowlands of Holland
Collected from Ted Baines, Sussex, 1904
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All Things Are Quite Silent (from The Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs)