Brave Wolfe (Martin Carthy)

See also: Bold Wolfe (Collected by Kenneth Peacock)

Come all ye young men and let this delight you,
Come all ye young men and let nothing fright you;
Never let your courage fail when you're brought to trial,
Nor let your fancy move at the first denial.

This brave undaunted youth had crossed the ocean,
To free America was his intention;
He landed at Quebec with all his party,
The city to attack being brave and hearty.

Bold Wolfe drew up his men in a line so pretty,
On the Plains of Abraham before the city;
The French came marching down in hopes to meet them,
With a double number 'round resolved to beat him.

Montcalm and this brave youth together walked,
Between two armies they like brothers talked;
Till each one to his post then did retire,
'Twas then those numerous hosts commenced their fire.

The drums did loudly beat and the colours flying,
The purple dawn did stream and men lay dying;
And shot from off his horse fell our brave hero,
We'll long lament his loss in tears of sorrow.

He lifted up his head when the guns did rattle,
And to his army said, "How goes the battle?"
Quebec is all our own, none can prevent it.
"Oh, then," replies bold Wolfe, "I die contented."

####.... Variant of the earliest known Anglo-Canadian ballad [Laws A1] Native American Balladry, G Malcolm Laws (1964/1950) ....####
This variant recorded by Martin Carthy (Second Album, trk#11, 1966, Fontana STL 5362, Pubished by Sparta Florida Music Group © Topic Records Ltd 1977, 1993).

A variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as Bold Wolfe in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.986-987, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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