Lyr Add: On Sedgemoor (The Marsh Fever)
In Mudcat MIDIs:
On Sedgemoor (The Marsh Fever) ( From Ruth L. Tongue's book, The Chime Child)
Subject: On Sedgemoor (The Marsh Fever) ^^|
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Jul 01 - 11:08 PM
ON SEDGEMOOR (THE MARSH FEVER)
(Sung to Ruth L. Tongue by Richard Garland, near Birmingham; Autumn, 1917.)
When the mist be all about,
When the mist lies low before,
Another curious song from Ruth L. Tongue's book, The Chime Child, or, Somerset Singers (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968). This one she says she learned in 1917 from Richard Garland, a soldier originally from Sedgemoor, who was killed in action soon after; the book is dedicated to him. Doubts about the authenticity of the songs in this book are on record elsewhere, and I give it here for its own sake, with no guarantees that Miss Tongue didn't make it up herself. She notes:
"It is believed on Sedgemoor that the mist kills any man who tries to work on it unless it is only knee high."
"This was one of Isaiah Sully's tantalizing fragments but I got the whole song from one of my sexton clan from near Wedmore. He said it was sung near Othery in his youth."
For more on the pseudonymous Isaiah Sully, see the link below to The Green Lady. I've made a midi of the tune, which will go to the Mudcat Midi Pages; until then, as a temporary measure, it may be heard via the South Riding Folk Network site:
There are four other songs from Ruth L. Tongue in the Forum:
The Broomsquire's Bird Song -With tune; from The Chime Child.