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Bushes and Briars Through bushes and briars I've lately made my way All for to hear the small birds sing And the lambs to skip and play All for.... I overheard a female* Her voice it rang** so clear Long time have I*** been waiting for The coming of my dear Long time.... Sometimes I am weary**** And troubled in my mind Sometimes I think I'll go to him***** And tell to him my mind. But if I should go to my love My love he would say nay If I showed to him my boldness He'd ne'er love me again If I showed... Through bushes... * or: my own true love ** or: was so clear *** or: I have **** or: uneasy ***** or: my love ****** or: show to him Note: The song was overhead by Vaughan-Williams in 1905 whilst in Essex. He persuaded the singer, a Mr. Potipher, to let him take it down. It is supposedly the song which kindled VW's interest in folk music and led to the modern folk revival. PA PA
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