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GARLAND OF LOVE, THE. AKA and see "Garland of Roses (1)," "Love's Garland," "Lover's Garland (The)," "I'll Weave Him a Garland," "Lad that I Love (The)." English, Air or Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A pretty 19th century air widely known under a variety of titles that can be used as a waltz, although the second part is a bit irregular, having 18 bars instead of the usual 16, as in the first part. Under the title "Garland of Love" it appears in several songsters of the period, such as Parlour Songster (c. 1856, p. 158) [c.f. Roud #1247]. Under the title "Garland of Roses (1)" it was printed in the first decade of the 19th century by uilleann pipe O'Farrell. Manuscript versions of the tune are to be found in the Read manuscript, begun 1798 (New Haven, Conn.), and in fiddler John Fife's collection (c. 1780-1804, collected in Perthshire and perhaps at sea). Printed versions can be found in Edward Riley's Flute Melodies, vol. 1 (New York, 1814), John Paff's Gentleman's Amusement No. 2 (New York, 1812), and G.E. Blake's Gentleman's Amusement (Philadelphia, 1824). Words begin:

How sweet are the flowers that grow by yon fountain
How sweet are the cowslips that spangle the grove!
More sweet are the breezes that blow o'er the mountain,
But none are so sweet as the charms of my love.

It was entered into the music manuscript collection of American musician M.E. Eames, dated 1859, set in 6/8 time and included in his section of jigs and 6/8 airs.

Source for notated version: the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].

Printed sources: Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 88.

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