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Silver Dagger (MacEdward Leach) MIDI
The Drowsy Sleeper

See also: Who Is At My Window Weeping? (Peacock)
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Arise, arise you drowsy sleeper,
Arise and listen unto me;
There's someone at your bedroom window,
Weeping, weeping bitterly.

Who is that knocking at my window,
Who sobs and sighs so mournfully?
It's me, it's me, your own true lover,
Oh, Mary, come and pity me.

As Mary rose from her soft down pillow,
Went to her window without delay;
And there she saw her own true lover,
Standing by a willow tree.

Oh, Mary dear, go ask your father,
If you my wedded bride may be;
If he says no, return and tell me,
And I'll no longer trouble thee.

I dare not go and ask my father,
For he lies on his bed of rest;
Beside him lies a shining dagger,
To slay the one that I love best.

Mary dear, go ask your mother,
If you my wedded bride may be;
If she says no, return and tell me,
And I'll no longer trouble thee.

I dare not go and ask my mother,
For I'm the only one she has;
So, Willie dear, go seek some other,
She softly whispered in his ear.

Young Willie took that shining dagger,
And pierced it through his aching heart;
Adieu, adieu to my true lover,
The time has come for us to part.

Young Mary took that bloodstained dagger,
And pierced it through her lily-white breast;
Adieu, adieu to my cruel parents,
I hope in heaven we will rest.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Drowsy Sleeper [Laws M4] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Drowsy Sleeper, published by J Crome (Sheffield) c.1817, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(233) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Francis (Frank) Knox [1918-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1952 from Mrs James (Lucy) Heaney [1895-?] of Stock Cove, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Who Is At My Window Weeping? in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.733-734 by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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