Pride Of The Season (Mary Humphreys)

See also: As I Walkèd Forth In The Pride Of The Season
(Kenneth Peacock)

As I walked forth in the pride of the season,
Thinking some pleasure there for to see;
Who should I spy but a lovely young damsel,
Sitting all alone under a green shady tree.

I said, me duck, me dear and me darling,
There's no tongue can tell how well I do love thee;
You shan't want for love or affection,
If you will fix your attention on me.

She said, Young man you are better provided,
For I am a poor girl of such low degree;
Your friends and relations will always be scolding,
So in my low station contented I will be.

I am a young man as you are a virgin,
Married unto you contented I will be;
Don't talk of friends' love or any relations,
I have no riches at all to give to thee.

So she sat herself down and he sat himself by her,
They fell a-rifling in each others arms;
With sweet milk and kisses and fonder embraces,
They tasted the fruits of each others charms.

This couple fell asleep for the space of three hours,
Under the youth of a shady green tree;
But when he awoke and he found her no virgin,
Married unto you I never will be.

O, when I laid my head on that young man's pillow,
Thinking that pillow it would be my own;
Ah me poor girl must wear the green willow,
Young men are false as it's very well known.

Ripest of apples and soon they are rotten,
Hottest of love and soon it is cold;
Young men's vows are soon forgotten,
Take care pretty young maids don't ever be controlled.

So come all you fair maids and by me take a warning,
Don't ever trust a young man in any degree;
For when he has tasted the fruits of your garden,
Yours will leave you as mine has left me.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

This variant was recorded by Mary Humphreys (Sharp Practice, ©2003, Wild Goose Records).

A variant was collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Freeman Bennett [1908-2006] of St Paul's, NL, and published with the title As I Walkèd Forth In The Pride Of The Season in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.422-423, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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