Jockey to the Fair


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Jockey to the Fair


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner was folded into the laminate


Folk songs, English -- United States Courtship -- Songs and music Marriage proposals -- Songs and music Fairs -- Songs and music

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With Jockey to the Fair. 'Twas on the Morn


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Jockey To the Fair
It was on the morn of sweet May day,
When nature painted all things gay,
Taught birds to sing and lambs to play,
And gild the meadows ran.
Young Jockey early in the dawn,
His Sunday coat the youth put on,
For Jenny had vowed away to run,
With Jockey to the fair.
For Jenny had etc.

The cheerful parish bells had rung,
With eager steps he trudged along,
With flowery garlands round him hung,
Which shepherds used to wear:
He tapped the window--haste my dear-
Jenny impatient cried who is there?
It is I my love, and no one near,
Step gently down, you have naught to fear,
With Jockey to the fair, etc.

My dad and mamma is fast asleep,
My brothers is up and with the sheep,
And will you still your promise keep,
Which I have heard you swear?
And will you ever constant prove?
I will by all the powers-abov of love,
And never deceive my charming dove:
Dispel these doubts, and haste, my love,
With Jockey to the fair, etc.

Behold the ring! the shepherd cried,
Will Jenny be my charming bride?
Let Cupid be our happy guide,
And Hymen meet us there.
Then Jockey did his vowel renew,
He would be constant, would be true:
His word was pledged away she flew,
Over cowslip lift with balmy dew,
With Jockey to the fair, etc.

In rapture meet the jovial throng,
Their gay companions blithe and young:
Each join the dance, each join the song,
And hail the happy day:
Returned, there is none so fond as they,
They blessed the kind propitious day,
The smiling morn of blooming May,
When lovely Jenny ran away,
With Jockey to the fair, etc.

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Jockey to the Fair

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Jockey to the Fair

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213 mm x 278 mm

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Paul L. Robertson