Oh Write Me Down, Ye Powers Above (Kenneth Peacock)

Oh write me down, ye powers above,
The first events in young men's love,
I have a jewel all in my eye
Where all my joy and comfort lie.

"I will give you gold, I will give you pearls
If you will fancy me, my girl,
Some costly robes then you shall wear
If you will fancy me, my dear."

"It's not your gold do me entice,
Or never will I answer your advice,
For I never do intend at all
To ever be on a young man's call."

"Begone, you proud and scornful dame,
If you prove false I can do the same,
And there is no doubt that I can find
Some other as pleasing to my mind."

When he arose to go away
She called him back and this did say:
"Oh self-same, my heart is true,
I'll never wed no one but you."

My roving days are gone and passed,
My joy and comfort has come at last,
How happy, happy I shall be,
Since God has found his love for me.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad, Second Thoughts Are Best, published by J Evans (London) between 1780 and 1812, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 25(1746) ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.571-572, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that until he began preparing this material for publication, he had never fully realized how exquisite some of these Newfoundland love lyrics really are. Aunt Charlotte had contributed more of them than other singers and, despite her failing voice, sang them in a style so musically spontaneous that it was next to impossible for Peacock to capture them on paper.


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