Valley Below, The (She Lives in the Valley Below)
DESCRIPTION: "The broom bloomed so fresh and fair... As I wandered to breathe the fresh air, By chance a rich treasure I found." The singer praises the beauty and voice of the girl he sees. He will offer her his home and wealth if she will come with him
EARLIEST DATE: 1812 (The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany)
KEYWORDS: love beauty
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H47, pp. 236-237, "The Valley Below" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany: Containing a Selection of the Most Fashionable Songs, with Many Originals, Not Inserted in Ashburner's Vocal and Poetic Repository, G. Ashburner, Ulverston, 1812 (available on Google Books), p. 99, "The Valley Below" (1 text)
NOTES: Henry offers evidence (based on birds mentioned in the song) that this piece must have originated in England, and a British printing is known. But the plot and style are very Irish.
Kennedy lumps this with "Well Met, Pretty Maid (The Sweet Nightingale)." He's nuts. - RBW
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