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All I Want is a Handsome Man or Ripest Apples Madam I am come to court you If so be you'd let me in Sit you down, you're kindly welcome Then perhaps you'll call again Madam I've got gold and silver Madam I've got house and land Madam I've a world of pleasure All to be at your command I don't value your gold and silver I don't value your house and land I don't value your worlds of pleasure All I want is a handsome man Why do you dive so deep in beauty It's a flower will soon decay You pick it on a summer's morning Before the evening it fades away Ripest apples are soonest rotten Hottest love is soonest cold Young men's words are soon forgotten Pretty maid, don't be too bold After cowslips there come roses After night there comes day After false love comes a true love So our time will pass away. from Sedley, Seeds of Love, his note below This song is closely related to O No John. Text based on Hammond's manuscripts and a set collected by Sam Henry; tune based on the nostalgic Irish air given by Sam Henry, For another melody, see O No John, SOF
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