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Origins: a woman is a gladsome thing

freda underhill 17 Jan 05 - 02:21 AM
Jim Dixon 01 Jan 11 - 10:00 PM
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Subject: Origins: a woman is a gladsome thing
From: freda underhill
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 02:21 AM

does anyone have to full words to the old song, the chorus goes something like this..

" a woman is a gladsome thing
she doth the wash, she doth the wring
lullay, lullay she doth sing
and yet she hath but care and woe"


hopefully

freda


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Subject: RE: Origins: a woman is a gladsome thing
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Jan 11 - 10:00 PM

From Early English Lyrics: Amorous, Divine, Moral and Trivial by E. K. Chambers & Frank Sidgwick (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907), page 197:


CXIII

I am as lighte as any roe
To preise womene where that I go.

To onpreise womene it were a shame,
For a woman was thy dame.
Our blessed lady bereth the name
Of all womene where that they go.

A woman is a worthy thing;
They do the washe and do the wringe;
'Lullay, lullay!' she dothe thee singe;
And yet she hath but care and wo.

A woman is a worthy wight;
She serveth a man both daye and night;
Thereto she putteth alle her might;
And yet she hath but care and wo.


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