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Thread #32073   Message #1329362
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
16-Nov-04 - 09:49 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
Subject: Lyr Add: ROSEMARY AND THYME (trad. Ohio)
This one just says "town," but it is similar to Scarborough Fair.

Lyr. Add: ROSEMARY AND THYME

She
"When you go down to yonder town,
Rosemary and thyme,
Send my respects to that young man,
And he shall be a true lover of mine.

"Go tell him to buy six acres of land
Between salt water and sea sand.

"Go tell him to plant six acres of corn
And harrow it with a mooley cow's horn.

"Go tell him to cut it with a sickle of leather,
And haul it in with a pea fowl's feather.

"Go tell him to thresh it against the wall,
And do not let one grain of it fall.

"Go tell him to take it to yonder mill,
And each kernel of corn shall one bag fill.

"Go tell him that when his work is done
To come to me with the kernel of corn."

He
"When you go down to yonder town,
Rosemary and thymee,
Send my respects to that young maid,
And she shall be a true lover of mine.

"Go tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Without one stitch of needle work.

"Go tell her to wash it in yonder well
Where water never rose and rain never fell.

"Go tell her that when she has done her work,
To come to me with that cambric shirt."

Miss Annie Byers, Perryville, Ohio.
The Elfin Knight, A, with music, in Mary O. Eddy, 1939, "Ballads and Songs from Ohio," pp. 3-4.
A teasing, courting version of the song.