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Lyr Req: The Wild White Rose (John Emlyn Edwards)

GUEST,agelospy@compulink.gr 24 Apr 00 - 04:04 PM
Sorcha 03 May 00 - 01:38 AM
GUEST 25 Oct 09 - 09:38 AM
Jim Dixon 26 Oct 09 - 07:31 PM
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Subject: the wild white rose
From: GUEST,agelospy@compulink.gr
Date: 24 Apr 00 - 04:04 PM

Today I left the town behind
to wander green country lane
and now I`ll take this wild white rose
of summer back on the train.
Now stay at home you gypsy town man
who wanders the lanes for all of the day.
The wild white rose is summer`s glory,
why, pray, take me away?

This is the first verse. Can anybody send me the rest of the song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the wild white rose
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 May 00 - 01:38 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the wild white rose
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 09:38 AM

Now who will thank my kindly deed in sparing white summer rose?
No voice of praise will favour me but grateful croaking of crows.
The sun who ????? will thankfully praise the deed you have done
And voices sweet his tale repeat in mornsong bright as the sun.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WILD WHITE ROSE (John Emlyn Edwards)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 07:31 PM

Found at Folkinfo.org (which also has musical notation for the melody line):


THE WILD WHITE ROSE
Words by John Emlyn Edwards.

"Today I left the town behind
To wander green country lane,
And now I'll take this wild white rose,
Of summer back on the train."
"Now stay your hand you gipsy townsman,
Who wanders the lane for all of a day,
The wild white rose is the summer's glory,
Why pray, take me away?"

"But who should care if one wild rose
Should fade from summer-blue sky?
And who will know I leave you to grow,
My careless pleasure deny?"
"The bee that hums the brambled hedgerow,
The badger that haunts the fields of the night,
The bird that sings of summer treasure,
These your gifts will delight."

"And who will thank my kindly deed
In sparing wild summer rose?
No voice of praise will favour me
But the grateful croaking of crows."
"The wind that sings of pardoned flowers
Will thankfully praise the deed you have done,
And voices sweet her tale repeat
In dawn-long bright as the sun."

"And should I turn my hand away,
The hedgerow leaving unflawed,
And should I spare one wild white rose,
What then shall be my reward?"
"When next you leave the town behind you,
In green country lane to take your delight,
The summer day will grace your way
With wild rose blossoming bright."


Source: Singing Together, Summer 1976, BBC Publications


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