[DWJ] Re: Song - Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Wed Aug 30 16:05:29 EDT 2006

Devra said...

> There is a second verse, where the girl lists what she wants the guy to 
> do - unfortunately I am suffering from brain depletion right now and can't 
> remember the words. *sigh* Maybe next month...

The best-known version these days is the Simon&Garfunkel version, which 
mixes the girl's and boy's tasks.  IIRC, originally, the girl is asked to:

Make a cambric shirt without any seam or needlework;
Wash it in yonder dry well where water ne'er sprang nor drop of rain fell;
Dry it on yonder thorn which never bore blossom since Adam was born.

And the boy is asked to:

Find an acre of land between the salt water and the sea-sand;
Plough it with a lamb's horn and sow it all over with one peppercorn;
Reap it with a sickle of leather and bind it up with with a rope of heather 
(or a peacock's feather).

The girl then finishes up by saying snarkily "And when he's done and 
finished his work, he may come to me for his cambric shirt".

It's a folk-song, though, so there are probably lots of variants out there; 
that's just the one I know.

(Talking of folk-songs, does anyone happen to have a full set of verses for 
"The Water Is Wide" and an idea of what order they go in?  That's a 
seriously disjointed song.  ObDWJ: Cart sings one of its verses, loudly and 
out of tune, in "The Time of the Ghost".)

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"I will not trust you, I,
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray;
My legs are longer though to run away."
-Wm. Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 

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