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Vaughan Williams, Ralph - 5 English folk songs: Just as the tide was flowing

Just as the ride was flowing

One morning in the month of May,
down by some rolling river,
a jolly sailor I did stray,
when O beheld my lover,
she carelessly along did stray,
a picking of the daisies gay;
And sweetly sang her roundelay,
just as the tide was flowing.
 
O! Her dress it was so white as milk,
Her shoes were made of the crimson silk
Just like some lady of honour.
Her cheeks were red,
Her eyes were brown,
Her hair in ringlets hanging down;
She’d a lovely brow without a frown,
Just as the tide was flowing.
 
I made a bow and said:
‘Fair maid, how came you here so early?
My heart by you it is betray’d
For I do love you dearly.
I am a sailor come from sea
If you will accept of my company
To walk and view the fishes play
I am a sailor come from sea
If you will accept my company.
 
Just as the tide was flowing.
No more we said, but on our way
We gang’d along together;
The small birds sang,
And the lambs did play,
And pleasant was the weather.
When we were weary we did sit down,
Beneath a tree with branches round;
for my true love at last I’d found,
Just as the tide was flowing.

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