DESCRIPTION: "John and Mary making posies" when the Colonel calls "March, my lads." "Some for France, and some for Holland" with powdered hair and firelock shouldered. Mary's mother says, if he takes her daughter, "after death my ghost shall haunt thee"
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (Williams-Thames)
KEYWORDS: courting army war parting separation France mother ghost
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 235, "Love, Farewell!" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 106)
Winstock, pp. 117-118, "Love Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Williams-Thames: "An ancient piece, reminiscent of operations against the French and Dutch."
Roud lumps this with "The Harvest Shearin'." The only texts I have seen for that song are the four for Greig-Duncan1 101, which share no phrases, much less lines, with the Williams-Thames text. The chorus for Greig-Duncan1 is "Farewell love, for I maun leave you, Fare ye weel, I maun awa'" or "Love farewell for I maun leave you Farewell for I am away"; the chorus for Williams-Thames is "Love, farewell!" - BS
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