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The following appears in J W Ebsworth (ed), Roxburghe Ballads, Hertford: The Ballad Society, vol VI 1889, 207.

[Roxburghe Collection, III, 596.]

A Favourite Love Song

Woodcut: Roxburghe Ballads,  Hertford: The Ballad Society, vol VI 1889. 145. One night, as I lay on my bed,
The thoughts of love came in my head;
I was sore oppress'd, could take no rest,
Away to my true-love I'll go,
[And say, "Open the window, my Love, do!"]

Unto my Love's window I came,
I boldly called her by her name:
" 'Tis for thy sake that I came here,
Thro' the bitter frost and snow.
So open me the window, my Love, do!"

"My Dad and Mammy's both awake,
And if they chance to hear you speak,
There will be no excuse, but sore abuse,
With words and many a blow,
And it's Go from my window, my Love, do!"

"Thy Daddy and Mammy's fast asleep,
For in their window I made bold to peep.
Without the door I heard them snore,
And their breath it was not low:
And it's Open me the door, my Love, do!"

My love she arose and open'd me the door,
Like an angel bright, she stood upon the floor;
Her eyes shin'd bright, and the stars gave light,
Like diamonds in her brow,
And still she cries, "My jewel, whisper low!"

To creep the room it was our doom,
Though our footsteps were but slow;
"It's you must stay till the break of day.
I'll freely give consent." We straight to th' pastime went;
And still she cries, "My jewel, whisper low!"

It was just in the breaking of the day,
My love awak'd, and bid me go away;
["If] my Daddy dear should chance to hear,
[I dread, for you,] he will us both undo:
So it's Rise my dear Jewel, and go!"

It was underneath yon shady green tree,
Where my true love and I did first agree;
What we did there I'll never declare,
No mortal man shall know;
For I'll love the girl while I've got breath to draw.


[No printer's name. Woodcut on p. 145. White-letter: Slip. Date, circâ 1770.]

"Note. —This being a Roxburghe Ballad, although printed at a very late date, far on in the eighteenth century, and a debased imitation of Go from my window, Love, go! it is here reprinted, because it helps to show the continuance of popularity enjoyed by the theme. It had been mis-arranged in eight four-line stanzas, with a final six-line verse. We re-arrange them, interpolating [square-bracketted] some dropt words and a dropt line. The text was corrupt." [JWE]


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