She moved through the fair (John J. Brackenborough)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-23)  CPDL #28604:     
Editor: John J. Brackenborough (submitted 2013-03-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 409 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Although I retain the intellectual ownership of this arrangement, I give permission for it to be freely copied and performed by male voices. You can contact me via email,

General Information

Title: She Moved Through the Fair
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: John J. Brackenborough

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2013

External websites:

Original text and translations

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My love said to me:
“My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kind”.
And she step’d away from me
And this she did say:
“It will not be long, love,
‘Till our wedding day”.

She stepped away from me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there.
Then she turned her way homeward,
With one star awake,
Like the swan in the evening
Moves over the lake.

The people were saying,
No two e'er were wed
But one had a sorrow
That never was said.
And I smiled as she passed
With her goods and gear
And that was the last
That I saw of my dear.

Last night she came to me,
My dead love came in.
So softly she came
That her feet made no din.
She laid her hand on me,
And this she did say:
“It will not be long, love,
'Til our wedding day”.