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Wake me early mother dear.........

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imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:29:33

You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear;

To-morrow 'ill be the happiest time of all the glad New-year;

Of all the glad New-year, mother, the maddest merriest day;

For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

There's many a black, black eye, they say, but none so bright as mine;

There's Margaret and Mary, there's Kate and Caroline:

But none so fair as little Alice in all the land they say,

So I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

I sleep so sound all night, mother, that I shall never wake,

If you do not call me loud when the day begins to break:

But I must gather knots of flowers, and buds and garlands gay,

For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

As I came up the valley whom think ye should I see,

But Robin leaning on the bridge beneath the hazel-tree?

He thought of that sharp look, mother, I gave him yesterday,--

But I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

He thought I was a ghost, mother, for I was all in white,

And I ran by him without speaking, like a flash of light.

They call me cruel-hearted, but I care not what they say,

For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

They say he's dying all for love, but that can never be:

They say his heart is breaking, mother--what is that to me?

There's many a bolder lad 'ill woo me any summer day,

And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

Little Effie shall go with me to-morrow to the green,

And you'll be there, too, mother, to see me made the Queen;

For the shepherd lads on every side 'ill come from far away,

And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

The honeysuckle round the porch has wov'n its wavy bowers,

And by the meadow-trenches blow the faint sweet cuckoo-flowers;

And the wild marsh-marigold shines like fire in swamps and hollows gray,

And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

The night-winds come and go, mother, upon the meadow-grass,

And the happy stars above them seem to brighten as they pass;

There will not be a drop of rain the whole of the live-long day,

And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

All the valley, mother, 'ill be fresh and green and still,

And the cowslip and the crowfoot are over all the hill,

And the rivulet in the flowery dale 'ill merrily glance and play,

For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.

So you must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear,

To-morrow 'ill be the happiest time of all the glad New-year:

To-morrow 'ill be of all the year the maddest merriest day,

For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May

Shame it's raining. hmm

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:30:51

Took me ages to get that up on here.

So read all of it!

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:31:05

smile

glassortwo Tue 01-May-12 10:36:03

May 1st and look at the weather shock I read it all smile never see May poles now do you! you should have cut and pasted it wink

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:38:08

I did! But a lot of extra bits kept coming out!!! hmm

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:39:56

I'm trying 'ere, in'I?!!!

And they should have brought the dragon back. Or a nice pink English rose.

Anagram Tue 01-May-12 10:41:24

Cut and paste! I thought it was all jingl's own work....shock

eGJ Tue 01-May-12 10:41:45

GS did maypole dancing last year, but not in the rain!

Elegran Tue 01-May-12 10:44:10

I read every word, Jingle , did you type it all in? I've not seen all of it before, though my mother sued to quote the "Call me early ,mother dear, for I'm to be Queen of the May" line whenever we needed to be up early.

It reminds me a bit of "Barbara Allen" but stops before she gets her come-uppance for scorning the poor lovesick young man.

As students we used to go up Arthur's Seat before dawn on May morning to watch the sun rise. Always came back starving and had to get bacon butties. Then we faced a day of lectures and tutorials with drooping eyelids.

Ah, what it was like to be young and carefree.

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:44:14

www.sherv.net/cm/emo/dancing/dancing-rose.gif

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:45:18

Aint that pretty! smile

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:46:41

I love that song Elegran. Used to sing it sitting up in bed when I was a kid. Got it from a songbook I stole Borrowed from the Sunday School cupboard.

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:47:27

"Arthur's Stone"!

Dreamy sigh!

smile

glassortwo Tue 01-May-12 10:48:06

Nice mover jingle
the rose grin

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:48:19

Anagram! I love it!!!! grin

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 10:48:48

(I mean you thinking it was all my own work) grin

Notsogrand Tue 01-May-12 10:49:59

I loved dancing round the maypole at school! All those coloured ribbons, we twined them into lovely plaits with our in & outs then un-twined them again. I wore boiled white cotton ankle socks smile

Anagram Tue 01-May-12 10:50:07

I do like the new, mellow jingl!

(But sometimes I miss the one one...wink)

Notsogrand Tue 01-May-12 10:51:14

Love the dancing rose!

glassortwo Tue 01-May-12 10:53:12

Let us take our baskets early
To the meadows green,
While the wild-flowers still are pearly
With the dewdrops’ sheen.Fill them full of blossoms rosy,
Violets and gay
Cowslips, every pretty posy
Welcoming the May.Then our lovely loads we’ll carry
Down the village street,
On each door, with laughter merry,
Hang a basket sweet.
Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now,
Lazy folks, awake!
See the pretty things we bring now
For the May-day’s sake!

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 11:05:30

Anagram [tongue sticky out emoticon]

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 11:07:46

Yeah well. Mine was by Tennyson - Alfred Lord!

Never 'eard of Evaleen Stein!

Sniff!

imjingl Tue 01-May-12 11:08:49

(Your one is quite nice though Glass [sickly sweet smile)

Butternut Tue 01-May-12 11:11:31

iamjingl - That was a real delight to read. I've never heard it before. I don't know why but it made me smile and bought tears to my eyes, so thanks for posting it. smile

glassortwo Tue 01-May-12 11:12:05

Just thought I would pinch your thread grin grin grin