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Go From My Window (Maud Karpeles)

One night as I lay on my bed asleep,
I dreamed of a fair pretty maid;
Being so oppressed, could take no rest,
Love did torment me so.
And 'twas off to my love I did go-o-o-o,
And 'twas off to my love I did go.

I knocked loud and bold at my love's door,
Yes, I knocked loud and bold at the door;
Who is there? she muttered.
I heard her voice and thus I did reply,
It is I, love, and open the door.

My dad and mam they are both awake,
And I'm afraid they will hear you speak;
For if my mam and dad did know,
They will undo us both.
And it's go from my window, love, go.

Your dad and mam they are both asleep,
For I was at the window to peep;
They sleep so sure on the bed and snore,
Their voices sound very low.
And it's arise, my love, and open the door.

My love she rose and opened the door,
Like an angel as she stood on the floor;
Her eyes shone bright as the stars by night,
No diamonds could shine so.
And 'twas in with my love I did go.

I lay in my love's arms till day,
When she bid me arise and go my way;
For if my dad and mam did know,
They will undo us both.
And it's go from my arms, love, go.

And as I was going out of the door,
The chairs came rattling down on the floor;
Which woke the old man in surprise,
The house did rattle so.
And it's hark, father, how the winds do blow.

It's down in yonder low valley low,
Where my love and I oft-times did go;
What we said there we'll never declare,
No mortal man shall know.
For she is my love and her I do adore-ore-ore-ore,
And it's her I adore for evermore.

####.... Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Drowsy Sleeper published by J Crome (Sheffield) ca.1817, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(233) ....####
Collected by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] in 1929 from Kenneth Monks [1877-?] a watchmaker in King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL, and published in Folk Songs From Newfoundland, #81, pp.239-240, by Faber & Faber, London, 1934/1971.


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