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Thread #45896   Message #2359867
Posted By: Jim Dixon
07-Jun-08 - 01:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Misty, Moisty Morning
Subject: Lyr Add: WILTSHIRE WEDDING: 'All in a misty mornin
Here's my transcription from the broadside (See Guest's link above). I have modernized the spelling and punctuation.

The Wiltshire Wedding:
Between Daniel Do-well and Doll the Dairy-Maid:
With the Consent of her Old Father Leather-Coat, and her dear and tender Mother Plodwell.


1. All in a misty morning, cloudy was the weather,
I meeting with an old man was cloth├Ęd all in leather,
With a shirt unto his back but wool unto his skin,
With how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again.

2. The rustic was a thresher, and on his way he hied,
And with a leather bottle fast buckled by his side,
And with a cap of woollen, which covered cheek and chin,
With how, &c.

3. I went a little further, and there I met a maid
Was going then a-milking, "A-milking, sir," she said.
Then I began to compliment and she began to sing,
With how, &c.

4. This maid, her name was Dolly, clothed in a gown of grey.
I being something jolly, persuaded her to stay;
And straight I fell to courting her in hopes her love to win,
With how, &c.

5. Then having time and leisure, I spent a vacant hour
Telling of all my treasure whilst sitting in the bower.
With many kind embraces I stroked her double chin
With how, &c.

6. I told her I would marry, and she should be my bride,
And long we would not tarry, with twenty things beside.
"I'll plough and sow and reap and mow while thou shalt sit and spin,
With how, &c."

7. "Did not you meet my father?" the damsel then replied.
"His jerkin was of leather, a bottle by his side."
"Yes, I did meet him trudging as fast as he could win,
With how, &c."

8. "Kind sir, I have a mother, besides a father still.
Those friends above all other, you must ask their good will;
For if I be undutiful, to them it is a sin
With how, &c."

9. Now there we left the milk-pail and to her mother went,
And when I was come thither, I asking her consent,
And doffed my hat and made a leg for why she was within,
With how, &c.

10. "My husband is a-threshing who is her father dear.
He'll give with her his blessing. Kind sir, you need not fear.
He is of such good nature that he would lever lin,
With how, &c.

11. "For by your courteous carriage, you seem an honest man.
You may have her in marriage; my husband he anon
Will bid you very welcome, though he be poor and thin,
With how, &c."

12. Her dad came home full weary. Alas, he could not choose.
Her mother being merry, she told him all the news.
Then he was mighty jovial, too, with son did soon begin
With how, &c.

13. Her parents being willing, all parties was agreed.
Her portion thirty shilling, they married were with speed.
Then Will, the piper, he did play, while they did dance and sing,
With how, &c.

14. In pleasant recreation, they passed away the night,
And likewise by relation with her he takes delight
To walk abroad on holidays to visit kith and kin
With how, &c.

15. Then lusty Ralph and Robin with many damsels gay
Did ride on Roan and Dobbin to celebrate the day.
When being met together there, their caps they oft did fling,
With how, &c.