It Was Early One Cold Winter's Morning (Leach)

See also: The Forsaken Mother And Child (Peacock)

It was early one cold winter's morning
When the frost came down like snow,
'Twas there I spied a fair damsel
Did not know where to go,
With an infant baby in her arms
All through the frost and snow.

"Oh, hush, my darling baby,
I will hold you to my breast
I'll hold you to my bosom breast
on this cold frost and snow
I've an infant baby in my arms
do not know where to go

"How cruelly was my father
when he closed the door on me,
How cruelly was my mother
when she might have pitied me;
How cruelly was that young female
who stole his love for gold,
With an infant baby in my arms
all through the frost and cold.

"We'll go in some further valley
and there we'll kneel and pray,
We'll pray to the almighty God
to have pity unto thee."
They went in some further valley
and there they knelt and prayed,
They lifted their eyes towards heaven,
And they both lay down and died.

####.... Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Fatal Snowstorm [Laws P20] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

Sung in 1950 by Theresa White [ca.1934-?] of Port au Port, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1958 from Mrs Freeman Bennett [1908-2006] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Forsaken Mother And Child in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.447-448, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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