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Lyr Add: A Ballad of the Green Willow (Heywood)

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Dicho (Frank Staplin) 13 May 02 - 02:37 PM
Peg 13 May 02 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,Mary 28 Jul 10 - 10:31 AM
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Subject: BALLAD OF THE GREEN WILLOW
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 May 02 - 02:37 PM

A BALLAD OF THE GREEN WILLOW (All A Green Willow)
John Heywood, 1497? -1580?

ALL a green willow, willow;
All a green willow is my garland.

Alas! by what means may I make ye to know
The unkindness for kindness that to me doth grow?
That one who most kind love on me should bestow,
Most unkind unkindness to me doth show?
- For all the green willow is my garland.

To have love, and hold love, where love is so sped,
Oh, delicate food to the lover so fed!
From love won to love lost where lovers be led,
Oh desperate dolour! the lover is dead;
- For all the green willow is my garland.

She said she did love me, and would love me still;
She sware above all men I had her good will;
She said and she sware she would my will fulfil-
The promise all good, the performance all ill;
- For all the green willow is my garland.

Now woe worth the willow and woe worth the wight
That windeth willow, willow garland to dight;
That dole dealt in alms is all amiss quite,
Where lovers are beggars for alms in sight;
- No lover doth beg for this willow garland.

Of this willow garland the burden seem'th small,
But my break-neck burden I may it well call;
Like the sow of lead on my head it doth fall,
Break head, and break neck, back, bones, brain, heart and all;
- All parts pressed to pieces.

Too ill for her think I best things may be had;
Too good for me thinketh she things being most bad;
All I do present her that may make her glad;
All she doth present me that make me sad;
- This equity have I with this willow garland.

Could I forget thee as thou canst forget me,
That were my sound salve, which cannot nor shall be;
Though thou like the soaring hawk every way flee,
I will be the turtle most steadfast still to thee;
- And patiently wear this green willow garland.

All ye that have had love, and have my like wrong,
My like truth and patience plant still you among;
When feminine fancies for new love do long,
Old love cannot hold them, new love is so strong
- For all.
John Heywood
@ballad @love @English @willow

John Heywood remained Catholic and fled to Belgium, where he spent his last days. He was important as a dramatist and singer as well as a balladeer. Bruce O discussed this ballad and mentioned five verses in a compendium he cited: Willow
We refer to a block of refined lead as a pig; here it is called a sow.
Most songs about the green willow and unresponding lovers are Anon. Green (new shoots) are very limber and easily twined into garlands, hatbands, etc. CapriUni suggested this in thread 7692(see clickie above). Someone (CapriUni again?) posted that the willow branch when it dies rots from the center outwards; this seems a likely explanation for its use.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF THE GREEN WILLOW
From: Peg
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:23 PM

thanks!!!!

I will probably choose only about half these lyrics and maybe re-work them so they will scan properly with the tune I am working on. But this is most helpful!!! Thansk again for such a quick response.

Peg

(it's a dark rainy day here and this sort of song seems perfectly suited to it)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Ballad of the Green Willow (Heywood)
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 28 Jul 10 - 10:31 AM

willow green willow was sung at work to day and its different to whats on the net.


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