Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Folk Song: Scarborough Fair

Our folk song for this term is Scarborough Fair. It is about a man and a woman who give one another impossible tasks to prove that the other loves the one.

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Remember me to one who lives there,
For once she was a true lover of mine.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Without a seam or needlework,
Then she shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell her to wash it in yonder well,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Where never spring water or rain ever fell,
And she shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell her to dry it on yonder thorn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Which never bore blossom since Adam was born,
Then she shall be a true lover of mine.

Now he has asked me questions three,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
I hope he'll answer as many for me
Before he shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Between the salt water and the sea sand,
Then he shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell him to plough it with a ram's horn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
And sow it all over with one pepper corn,
And he shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell him to sheer't with a sickle of leather,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
And bind it up with a peacock feather.
And he shall be a true lover of mine.

Tell him to thrash it on yonder wall,
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
And never let one corn of it fall,
Then he shall be a true lover of mine.

When he has done and finished his work.
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme:
Oh, tell him to come and he'll have his shirt,
And he shall be a true lover of mine.

~published in 1889



This is the version we are listening to, singing along with.

Every second line of each verse has the words Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. These are significant because when the song was written, they represented characteristics. Parsley is to represent merriment and the opposite of bitterness. Sage is for long life, wisdom, and domestic virtue. Rosemary is for faithfulness and remembrance. Thyme represents courage and daring. 

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2 comments:

MrsYub said...

What a lovely song. Thankyou soo much for sharing!

Bethany said...

We like it. Poppa thinks the herb references are silly, but we enjoy it.

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