We Be Soldiers Three

DESCRIPTION: "We be soldiers three, Pardona moy, je vous an pree, Lately come forth from the low country, With never a penny of money." The soldiers drink to their hearers, or beg their listeners to give a drink to the men who fought for them
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1609 (Ravenscroft, Deuteromelia)
KEYWORDS: soldier home drink
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Chappell/Wooldridge I, p. 133, "We Be Soldiers Three" (1 text, 1 tune)
DallasCruel, pp. 144-145, "We Be Soldiers Three" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #8340
NOTES: Just barely traditional, if traditional at all (there is a field collection, but I wonder if it wasn't influenced by print), but it's old, and the tune is excellent, so I've indexed it. - RBW
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File: DalC144

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