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Lyr Req: Mistletoe Belle? / Mistletoe Bough

GUEST,Mike Bunce 30 Mar 00 - 08:28 AM
Lanfranc 30 Mar 00 - 06:10 PM
GUEST 14 Jul 15 - 10:25 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Jul 15 - 11:19 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Jul 15 - 11:33 PM
GUEST,padgett 18 Jul 15 - 04:16 AM
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Subject: Mistletoe Belle
From: GUEST,Mike Bunce
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 08:28 AM

I believe to be a Hampshire(UK) song.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mistletoe Belle
From: Lanfranc
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 06:10 PM

If you mean "The Mistletoe Bough", about a game of hide and seek that goes tragically wrong, it's in the Digitrad - search for Mistletoe Bough.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mistletoe Bough
Date: 14 Jul 15 - 10:25 AM

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MISTLETOE BOUGH (Bayly/Bishop)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jul 15 - 11:19 PM

The sheet music can be seen at York University's web site:

(I have boldfaced the words that are different from the version in the DT.)

Words, T[homas] H[aynes] Bayly; music, Sir H[enry] R[owley] Bishop. [n.d.]

1. The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall,
And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
And keeping their Christmas holiday.
The Baron beheld with a father's pride
His beautiful child, young Lovell's bride,
While she, with her bright eyes, seemed to be
The star of the goodly company.

CHORUS: Oh, the mistletoe bough!
Oh, the mistletoe bough!

2. "I'm weary of dancing, now," she cried.
"Here, tarry a moment; I'll hide; I'll hide,
And, Lovell, be sure thou'rt the first to trace
The clue to my secret lurking place."
Away she ran, and her friends began
Each tower to search and each nook to scan,
And young Lovell cried: "Oh, where dost thou hide?
I'm lonesome without thee, my own dear bride."

3. They sought her that night and they sought her next day,
And they sought her in vain when a week passed away.
In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot,
Young Lovell sought wildly, but found her not,
And years flew by and their grief at last
Was told as a sorrowful tale long past,
And when Lovell appeared, the children cried:
"See, the old man weeps for his fairy bride."

4. At length, an oak chest that had long lain hid
Was found in the castle; they raised the lid,
And a skeleton form lay mould'ring there
In the bridal wreath of the lady fair.
Oh, sad was her fate! in sportive jest
She hid from her lord in the old oak chest.
It closed with a spring and her bridal bloom
Lay withering there
in a living tomb.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mistletoe Belle? / Mistletoe Bough
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jul 15 - 11:33 PM

The text of THE MISTLETOE BOUGH can be seen in Atkinson's Casket, or Gems of Literature, Wit and Sentiment, No. 8 (Philadelphia: Samuel C. Atkinson, August, 1833), page 372.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mistletoe Belle? / Mistletoe Bough
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 18 Jul 15 - 04:16 AM

A favourite song of the South Yorkshire/Sheffield carollers with a solo by the likes of Will Noble (currently) and a swelling chorus from the drinking carollers

Christmas sing at the likes of the Royal at Dungworth first Sunday after Armistice day every years for about 5 weeks, also singing around Sheffield area and into local part of Derbyshire!

I was at Bradfield Trad sing and play just 2 days ago at the Royal at Dungworth


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