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GUEST,Sue Allan 30 Jan 08 - 06:55 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 06:06 AM

Would love to 'have a go' at this one but can't quite 'get' the lyrics from my cd. Can anyone help please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 06:42 AM

See Robert Anderson, Poems on Various Subjects (1798), pp. 149-150 at Google Book Search.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: GUEST,Sue Allan
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 06:55 AM

Didn't know there was a CD with Lucy Gray on: who sings it, and what's the tune?
Is it the Wordsworth poem (sometimes known as Solitude)? If the Wordsworth I copy below, if the Lucy Gray written by the other Cumbrian bard Robert Anderson - which probably inspired Wordsworth's poem - then I'll have it at home, but not at work, where I am now. It may well be in Cumbrian dialect though, although I think Anderson wrote it when he was working as a librettist at Vauxhall Gardens, so perhaps not, if he had any sort of eye for his local market.

Wordsworth poem below:

Oft had I heard of Lucy Gray,
And when I cross'd the Wild,
I chanc'd to see at break of day
The solitary Child.

No Mate, no comrade Lucy knew;
She dwelt on a wide Moor,
The sweetest Thing that ever grew
Beside a human door!

You yet may spy the Fawn at play,
The Hare upon the Green;
But the sweet face of Lucy Gray
Will never more be seen.

"To-night will be a stormy night,
You to the Town must go,
And take a lantern, Child, to light
Your Mother thro' the snow."

"That, Father! will I gladly do;
'Tis scarcely afternoon ---
The Minster-clock has just struck two,
And yonder is the Moon."

At this the Father rais'd his hook
And snapp'd a faggot-band;
He plied his work, and Lucy took
The lantern in her hand.

Not blither is the mountain roe;
With many a wanton stroke
Her feet disperse the powd'ry snow
That rises up like smoke.

The storm came on before its time,
She wander'd up and down,
And many a hill did Lucy climb
But never reach'd the Town.

The wretched Parents all that night
Went shouting far and wide;
But there was neither sound nor sight
To serve them for a guide.

At day-break on a hill they stood
That overlook'd the Moor;
And thence they saw the Bridge of Wood
A furlong from their door.

And now they homeward turn'd, cry'd,
"In Heaven we all shall meet!"
When in the snow the Mother spied
The print of Lucy's feet.

Then downwards from the steep hill's edge
They track'd the footmarks small;
And through the broken hawthorn-hedge,
And by the long stone-wall;

And then an open field they cross'd:
The marks were still the same;
They track'd them on, nor ever lost,
And to the Bridge they came.

They follow'd from the snowy bank
Those footmarks, one by one,
Into the middle of the plank,
And further there were none.

Yet some maintain that to this day
She is a living Child,
That you may see sweet Lucy Gray
Upon the lonesome Wild.

O'er rough and smooth she trips along,
And never looks behind;
And sings a solitary song
That whistles in the wind.


Composed 1799,
Published in Lyrical Ballads (2nd edition, 1800)

Sue Allan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: GUEST,Sue Allan
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 07:00 AM

Oh well done that man! I don't actually think this poem is in the Anderson edition I have at home - wonderful: have downloaded from site. Isn;t the digital world wonderful?

Sue


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 07:01 AM

Robert Anderson's "LUCY GRAY OF ALLENDALE" (from the above book):

SONG VI.
LUCY GRAY OF ALLENDALE.
SET TO MUSIC BY MR. HOOK,
And sung by Master PHELPS, at VAUXHALL, 1794.

O HAVE you seen the blushing rose,
The blooming pink, or lily pale;
Fairer than any flow'r that blows
Was Lucy Gray of Allendale.

Pensive and sad by brae and burn,
Where oft the nymph they us'd to hail,
The shepherds now are heard to mourn
For Lucy Gray of Allendale.

With her to join the rural dance,
Far have I stray'd o'er hill and vale;
Then pleas'd each rustic stole a glance
At Lucy Gray of Allendale.

'Twas underneath the hawthorn shade
I told her first the tender tale;
But now low lays the lovely maid,
Sweet Lucy Gray of Allendale.

Bleak blows the wind, keen beats the rain,
Upon my cottage in the vale:
Long may I mourn a lonely swain,
For Lucy Gray of Allendale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: tijuanatime
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 07:14 AM

It appears on 'Premier' by Liz Law and Terry Conway.
Sleeve notes


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 Jan 08 - 08:01 AM

There's an sheet music edition at the Levy collection:

Title: Lucy Gray of Allendale. Series Title Musical Journal No. 17. Vocal Section.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: na
Publication: n.p. : n.p.
Date: [n.d.]
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: O! have you seen the blushing rose the blooming pink or lilly pale
First Line of Chorus: is Lucy Gray, Lucy Gray of Allendale
Subjects: Shepherds; Courtship & love; Death


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