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LYR ADD The Lovers Tasks

BAZ 01 Mar 98 - 07:13 PM
Alan of Australia 04 Mar 98 - 06:11 PM
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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: LOVERS TASKS / WHELYOW AN GARORYON
From: BAZ
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 07:13 PM

The Lovers Tasks (Whelyow an garoryon)

He:
Oh buy me my lady, a cambric shirt,
Whilst every grove rings, with a merry antine;
And stitch it without any needle work,
And thou shalt be a true lover of mine.

O thou must wash it in yonder dry well, Whilst ...............
Where never a drop of water fell; And thou ....

And thou must bleach it on yonder grass Whilst............
Where never a hoof or foot did pass, And thou . .

And thou must hang it on yonder thorn, Whilst...........
That never blossomed since Adam was born, And thou ....

And when these works are finished and done, Whilst...............
I'll take and marry thee under the sun, And thou ....


She:
Thou must buy for me an acre of land,
Whilst every grove rings with a merry antine;
Between the salt water and the yellow sand,
And thou shalt be a true lover of mine.

Thou must plough it o'er with a horses horn, Whilst .
And sow it o'er with a peppercorn, And thou..

Thou must reap it too with a sickle of leather, Whilst ...
And bind it up with a peacocks feather, And thou...

Thou must take it up in a bottomless sack, Whilst ...
And bear it to the mill on a butterfly's back And thou . . .

And when these works are finished and done, Whilst...
I'll take and marry thee under the sun, And thou ....


Ef: (He)
A pren dhym, Arlodhes, crys sendal pur gan,
Pan dhasson dyguth pup kelly a wyth,
Ha'y wryas hep golta an nasweth y'n pan,
Ha &ymmo-vy cares wyr ty a vyth.

Y wolghy yu res dhys y'n fenten enos,
Ma na godha dagren a dhowr a'y os.

War'n wels-na y'n cannyth mar wyn avel ergh,
Le na vedha bythqueth nag olow na lergh.

Y gregy war dhrenen yn-hons yu res dhys,
Re bu hep blejennow a dhalleth an bys.

Ha pan vo gorfennys an whelyow ynsowl,
Y'th cafaf 'vel pryas ynZan an howl.

Hy: (She)
Ow Arluth mar jentyl, dhym prena a wreth,
Pan dhasson dyguth pup kelly a wyth,
Un erow a dyr ynter hyly ha treth,
Ha dhymmovy carer gwyr ty a vyth.

Y aras gans corn dyworth margh yu res dhys,
Ha puber yu da avel has, my a grys.

Gans grommen a groghen y vyjy a wreth,
Gans pluven a bayon y gelmy ynweth.

Y worra yn tygen dhywoles res yu,
Ha'y dhegy dhe'n velyn war geyn tykky Dew.

Ha pan vo gorfennys an whelyow yn-cowl,
Y'th cafaf 'vel pryas yndan an howl.


Whelyow an Garoryon (The Lovers Tasks) Also known as 'The Tasks' and the 'Cornish Puzzle song'. Two melodies for this song were noted by Baring Gould from singers from St Mawgan in Pydar, one from Joseph Dyer in 1891, the other from an S Lobb in 1893. I have used the tune given in the latter case. A further version from St Mawgan was sent to Cecil Sharp in 1904 by a Mr Gilbert. Although the melody is different most people will recognize the ubiquitous Scarborough Fair in the words. In fact Bronson, 'Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads', lists it under 'The Elfin Knight' with 55 tunes and variants. The tunes from Cornwall he classes as a separate type together with four other variants coming from Ireland, British Columbia and-Michigan.The song was also noted by Davies Gilbert earlier in the nineteeth century.
Source Henegan, Merv Davey

Agas Dyw gans mos hwi
BAZ


MIDI file: LOVERS.MID

Timebase: 480

Tempo: 160 (375000 microsec/crotchet)
Key: A
TimeSig: 6/8 36 8
Name: THE LOVERS TASKS (WHELYOW AN GARORYON)
Text: S:MERV DAVEY, HENEGAN
Start
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the January 15 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

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M:6/8
Q:1/4=80
K:A
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Subject: RE: LYR ADD The Lovers Tasks
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 04 Mar 98 - 06:11 PM

Thanks Baz,
As noted above this song, Scarborough Fair, An Acre of Land etc. are all descended from Child Ballad #2, The Elfin Knight.

Cheers,
Alan


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