Lonesome Dove (I - The Minister's Lamentation)

DESCRIPTION: "As I set in that lonesome grove, Set o'er my head a little dove, For its lost mate began to coo...." The singer recalls his lost wife and daughter, killed by consumption. But he thanks God who has taken them away, and hopes to see them in heaven
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1855 (Social Harp)
KEYWORDS: death religious bird family disease children wife
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Randolph 607, "The Lonesome Dove" (1 text, 1 tune)
Arnold, p. 46, "Lonesome Dove" (1 text, 1 tune)
Belden, p. 486, "The Dove" (1 text)
BrownIII 305, "The Lonesome Dove" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanV 305, "The Lonesome Dove" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
SharpAp 147, "The Lonesome Grove" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
Cambiaire, p. 77, "Lonesome Dove" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James P. Leary, Compiler and Annotator, _Wisconsin Folklore_ University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, article "Kentucky Folksong in Northern Wisconsin" by Asher E. Treat, pp. 230-231, "As I Was Waling Through the Grove (1 text, 1 tune, conflated from versions sung by Pearl Jacobs Borusky and by Maud Jacobs and Mrs. M. G. Jacobs)

Roud #3637
Almeda Riddle, "Lonesome Dove" (on LomaxCD1707)
cf. "Come All You Friends and Neighbors" (theme)
cf. "The Vulture (of the Alps)"
NOTES [34 words]: The Social Harp version of this song (1855) is credited to William C. Davis. This is certainly possible -- it is hardly a true folk song -- but since Davis might be an arranger, I do not list an author. - RBW
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File: R607

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