Down in My Sally's Garden
DESCRIPTION: The thrush sings sweetly in Sally's garden. The singer recalls meeting her in the garden, and the time they fondly shared. In the end, "My heart became love-weary When I at last must go." "I left my Sally weeping Down by an ivied dell."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting separation
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
SHenry H828, p. 286-287, "Down in My Sally's Garden" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 124-125, (no title) (1 text, with at least the first verse being related to this)
NOTES: This may have influenced the Yeats poem, "Down by the Sally Garden," though that poem may also have been inspired by "You Rambling Boys of Pleasure." Or both may have played a part. - RBW
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