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Thread #169613   Message #4149373
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
05-Aug-22 - 09:25 AM
Thread Name: Any May songs?
Subject: RE: Any May songs?
More on The Bold Fisherman; An early sighting/hearing by Francis Jekyll and George Butterworth. Sung by Mr Edmund Spooner (c. 70) inmate of Midhurst Workhouse, December 1908. From The Ploughboy's Glory edited by Michael Downey 1977. Midhurst Union workhouse (the original House of Industry built for Easebourne United Parishes) is now occupied by 'Christ for the Nations' organisation (2001).

As I rowed out one May morning
Down by the river side
There I beheld a Bold Fisherman
Come rolling down by the tide

Edmund/Edwin/Edward/Ned Spooner was the source of several more songs collected by George Butterworth (1908) and Clive Carey (1912).

Link to THE BOLD FISHERMAN posted above by henryp

Link to THE BOLD FISHERMAN posted above by Diolch