Annotation:Shepherd kept Sheep (A)

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SHEPHERD KEPT SHEEP, A. English, Air (6/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Words and music were included in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. V, pp. 34-35, and begin:

A shepherd kept sheep on yon mountain so high,
Fa-la-la- fa-la fa-la-la-la-la-la-la;
A shepherd kept sheep on yon mountain so high,
When a pretty young damsel came tripping there by:
Fa-la-la-la-la-la, fa-la-la-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la, fa-la-la-la.

Shepherd, quoth she, dost thou want e'er a Wife,
No by my troth I'm not weary of my Life.

Shepherd for thee I care not a Fly,
For thou't not the Face with a fair Maid to lie,

How now my Damsel, say's thou me so,
Thous shalt test of my bottle before thou dost go.

The end is predictable. The air appears in John Gay's Beggar's Opera (1729) under the title "In the days of my youth.”

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Printed sources : - Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 64.

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