[DWJ] Another of those beguiling pedlars/singers/bards

sodgers at iinet.net.au sodgers at iinet.net.au
Fri Mar 23 19:20:45 EDT 2012


It's a fairly common theme though, isn't? A just-about-married girl
runs off with a stranger who offers something More. Wraggle Taggle
Gypsies, Young Lochinvar...
S

	Pedlar

	  

	A pedlar of the byways

	Came driving into town,

	His horse was black as charcoal

	His skin, a satin brown.

	A mien of gypsy lineage-

	Gold sparkled in his ear,

	And if the young men listened,

	This is what they'd hear.

	  

	_Oil on troubled waters_

	____ 

	_Abalone's style_

	____ 

	_Shot silk and taffeta_

	____ 

	_To make your lady smile._

	____ 

	  

	The cart was draped in velvet

	In changeable array,

	Its sheen of wine and purple

	With colors all at play.

	The sleek of ash and moonlight,

	Lay silvered in his word,

	And if the young girls listened,

	This is what they heard.

	  

	_Oil on troubled waters_

	____ 

	_Gems to fit a bride_

	____ 

	_Pay me with your kisses_

	____ 

	_Aye, and more beside._

	____ 

	  

	The pedlar drove on by me,

	I saw his merry guile;

	He kissed his fingers to me

	I paid him with a smile.

	No harm was in his mischief

	His lures so gently laid,

	Would never turn the fortunes

	Of any spotless maid.

	  

	_Oil on troubled waters,_

	____ 

	_A shawl against the cold_

	____ 

	_Shelter in my wagon_

	____ 

	_If I may be so bold…_

	____ 

	  

	I heard his song of promise,

	The laughter in his voice

	Brought swiftness to my slippers,

	And rainbows to my choice.

	I ran to catch the pedlar,

	(I hope you understand

	Why I chose a rascal

	Above your wedding band.)

	  

	_I've oil for troubled waters_

	____ 

	_Gems to fit a bride_

	____ 

	_Shelter in his wagon_

	____ 

	_Aye and more beside._

	____ 

	  

	  

	  

	  

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