Widdecombe Fair (Jeremy Rawson)

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  • (Posted 2009-07-14)  CPDL #19773:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Jeremy Rawson (submitted 2009-07-14).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Widdecombe Fair
Composer: Jeremy Rawson

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2007
Description: An arrangement of the English folk song for SATB with piano. This is one of a number of British Folk Song arrangements. See the composer page for the others.

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Original text and translations

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Tom Pearse, Tom Pearse, lend me your grey mare
All along, out along, down along lee
For I want for to go to Widdecombe Fair

With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney
Peter Davy, Dan Whiddon, Harry Hawk
Old uncle Tom Cobleigh and all,
Old uncle Tom Cobley and all.

And when shall I see again my grey mare?
All along, out along, down along lee
By Friday soon or Saturday noon
With Bill Brewer. . . .

Then Friday came and Saturday noon
All along, out along, down along lee
But Tom Pearse's mare have not trotted home.
With Bill Brewer. . . .

So Tom Pearse he got up to the top of the hill
All along, out along, down along lee
And he seed his old mare a-making her will.
With Bill Brewer. . . .

So Tom Pearse's old mare, her took sick and died
All along, out along, down along lee
And Tom, he sat down on a stone and he cried.
With Bill Brewer. . . .

But this isn't the end of this shocking affair
All along, out along, down along lee
Nor though they be dead of the horrid career.
With Bill Brewer. . . .

When the wind whistles cold on the moor of a night
All along, out along, down along lee
Tom Pearse's old mare doth appear ghastly white.
With Bill Brewer. . . .

And all the long night be heard skirling and groans
All along, down along, out along lee
From Tom Pearse's old mare and a rattling of bones.
With Bill Brewer. . . .