Rosey Apple Lemon and Pear

DESCRIPTION: Singing came of courting. "(Mary Wilson), fresh and fair, A bunch of roses she shall wear, Gold and silver byher side, I know who is her bride." "Rose, apple, lemon, or pear." "Take her by the lily-white hand."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1877 (Mason, _Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs_, according to Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting
FOUND IN: Britain(England,Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1579, "Orange Blossom" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 33, "Rosy Apple" (2 texts)
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 71, "Singing Game (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Edwin Sidney Hartland, editor, County Folk-Lore. Gloucestershire (Gloucester, 1892 ("Digitized by Google")), #6 p. 64, ("Golden apple, lemon and a pear") (1 text)
Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #41, "Rosy Apple, Lemon or Pear" (1 text)

Roud #6492
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Wind Blows High" (tune, per GreigDuncan8)
NOTES: Some of the versions of this, such as the Montgomeries', appear to have mixed with "Weevily Wheat" or one of its relatives. With pieces like this, it's hard to tell. - RBW
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File: MSNR071

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