The Hexhamshire lass (William Whittaker)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-20)  CPDL #78385:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 718 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Hexhamshire lass
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Whittaker
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, ST divisi
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

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Hey for the buff and the blue,
Hey for the cap and the feather,
Hey for the bonny lass true,
That lives in Hexhamshire.

Through by the Saiby Syke,
And over the moss and the mire,
I’ll go to see my lass,
That lives in Hexhamshire.

Her father loved her well,
Her mother loved her better,
I love the lass meesel’,
But alas, I cannot get her.

O this love, this love,
Of this love I’m weary,
Sleep I can get none,
For thinking on my dearie.

My heart is like to break,
My bosom is on fire,
So well I love the lass,
That lives in Hexhamshire.

Her petticoat is silk,
And plaited round with siller,
Her shoes are tied with tape,
She’ll wait till I go till her.

Were I where I would be,
I would be beside her,
But here awhile I must be,
Whatever may betide her.

Hey for the thick and the thin,
Hey for the mud and the mire,
And hey for the bonny lass,
That lives in Hexhamshire.