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The Flower Of France And England

  • Trad

    As I was on my rambles I came from Dover to Carlisle
    The town was full of rebels, and you might have heard them for a mile
    I stepped in the 'Grapes' to see what entertainment I could find
    Not being brisk I ran the risk and I called for a pint o' wine
    And spied a handsome bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    I'd been in a hurry, I for a private room did call
    They sent me to the caddy, the lad that rings the morning bell
    But in there came this brisk young dame, she said, Kind sir, come follow me
    It is not fit for you to sit among such roving company
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    She took me to a chamber where everything was neat and clean
    She said, Young sir, it is not fit you should have something on to dine
    The table soon she covered o'er, the dinner soon she did bring in
    She looked not like an idle slut nor one that was not taught to spin
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    But I could not take my dinner for thinking on this pretty maid
    And if I could but win her I would not care how long I stayed
    I rang the bell, she heard the knell and straight to me she did repair
    I said, My dear, the table's drawn, come sit beside me on this chair
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    She said, Young sir, you are as bad as any in this house this night
    They are drunk and you are mad, or else you would not speak the like
    Take up the cup and drink it up and drive such fancies out by sleep
    For if you dreamed you had me wed I'm sure you would arise and weep
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    But I could not fall a-sleeping for thinking of this bonnie lass
    That spent her time a-scouring among the pewter and the brass
    I rang the bell, she heard the knell and straight to me she did repair
    I said, We'll to St. Mary's Church and there we will and do this care
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    So we've gone to St. Mary's and there the priest the knot has tied
    I hied home my bonnie bride as fast as ever I could hie
    To Scotland broad we've ta'en the road till we've come tae Balquhidder's braes
    And the servants all did skip and dance to see the lord's and lady's face
    My handsome smiling bonnie lass, the flower of France and England

    (as sung by Archie Fisher)

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  • [1976:] According to Dean Christie, in his 'Traditional Ballad Airs' (1876, 1881), the reference in the third verse to Carlisle being "full of rebels" dates this song to the 1745 Jacobite rising. This version, to a traditional tune, is a slight abbreviation of the text given in Christie, in Greig's 'Folk Song of the North-East', and in John Ord's 'Bothy Songs and Ballads' (1930). (Arthur Argo, notes Archie Fisher, 'Will Ye Gang, Love')

Quelle: Scotland

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