The Lady's Waiting-Man (Kenneth Peacock)

In Bristol did a merchant dwell,
Where many people knowed him full well;
He had a daughter beautiful and bright
On whom he placed his whole heart's delight.

Her father keeped a servant-man,
And quickly you shall understand,
He being both proper, tall, and slim,
This lady fell in love with him.

'Twas at the table he did stand
With a glass of liquor in his hand,
And as he passed it to and fro
Oh, he saw her colour come and go.

That instant she fell in a zound,
By hearing of the trumpet's sound,
The people around her 'mazed to see,
And wondering what the cause of it could be.

She being recovered from her zound,
By hearing of the trumpet's sound.
"The reason is unknown," said she,
"Oh, in the kitchen carry me."

'Twas in the kitchen carried straight
To see if any dainties could eat,
And as he came the cloths for to lay,
Oh, she kissèd him and this did say:

"You've been the cause of all my grief,
There is none but you can give me relief,
I do protest I love you so,
I will have you if a-begging I do go."

"Oh, once I was a baker's boy,
And baking was my only joy,
Both waiting-man and butler, too,
Oh, and now, my dear, I will wait on you."

####.... Author unknown. Traditional romance ballad ....####

Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.545-546, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Dialect Of The West Of England Particularly Somersetshire (1869) by James Knight Jennings [1813-1892] defines a 'zound' as a 'swoon'.
To Zound, To Zoun'dy. v. n. to swoon.


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