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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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The original title of this ballad was ‘The Deceased Maiden Lover’, and the tune direction is for ‘Bonny Nell’, which no longer survives. The setting on this record is by Robert Johnson (c1583–1633), lutenist to Elizabeth I, who subsequently provided much of the music in Shakespeare’s plays. The four-part setting in the last verse is an arrangement by The City Waites.
As I walked forth one summer’s day To view the meadows green and gay, A pleasant bow’r I espied Standing fast by the riverside, And in’t a maiden I heard cry, Alas! there’s none e’er loved as I.
Then round the meadow did she walk Catching each flower by the stalk, Such flowers as in the meadow grew, The dead man’s thumb and herb all blue, And as she pulled them still cried she, Alas! there’s none e’er loved like me.
The flowers of the sweetest scents She bound about with knotty bents, And as she bound them up in bands She wept, she sigh’d and wrung her hands, Alas! Alas! Alas! cried she, Alas! there’s none e’er loved like me.
When she had filled her apron full Of such green things as she could cull, The green leaves served her for her bed, The flowers the pillow for her head, Then down she laid, ne’er more did speak, Alas! with love her heart did break.