#02141
The Foolish Shepherd (Kenneth Peacock)

It's of a handsome shepherd
A flock of sheep did keep,
One day he wandered on the hill
All looking for a sheep.
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

He lookèd east, he lookèd west,
Then had another look;
'Twas there he spied a fair pretty maid
All bathing in the brook.
     So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
     It's blow ye winds hi ho,
     To clear away the foggy dew
     Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

"You leave my satchel on the shore,
You leave my clothes alone,
And when I come out of the brook
You can make me as your own."
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

They marched along together
Till they came to a pook of hay,
Saying, "Isn't this a very nice place
For boys and girls to play?"
     So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
     It's blow ye winds hi ho,
     To clear away the foggy dew
     Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

"Oh, you come to my papa's house,
You'll get a bed of down,
For the dew has fallen on the ground
And I'll spoil my nice silk gown."
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

They marched along together
Till they came to her father's house.
"Now I'm a girl inside the gate
And you're a fool without."
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

He took a knife all from his sheath,
He rubbed it on his sleeve.
"The curse of God on any girl
That makes a fool of me!"
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

She took the scissors from her side,
And she stabbed them in the ground.
"The curse of God on any man
Who's afraid to spoil a gown!"
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

"My papa has a rooster
Who lives among the hens,
He seldom crows and never struts,
And I think you're one of them!"
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

And when we passed by Liverpool Cape
A hell of a squall they took,
For the girl stood on the bank, me boys,
And her shimmy towels they shook.
So it's blow ye winds in the morning,
It's blow ye winds hi ho,
To clear away the foggy dew
Then blow, my bully boys, blow.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an English traditional ballad, The Baffled Knight [Child ballad #112] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965). Also a variant of a mid-19th-century British broadside ballad, Blow The Winds I O published by Stephenson (Gateshead) sometime between 1821 and 1850, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(337) ....####
This variant collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1960 from George Samms [1908-2002] of Stephenville Crossing (Formerly of Codroy Valley) and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.272-273, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock also collected a second, rather confusing, variant in 1959 from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, which was published as Variant B in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.274-275, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved. Although not the same in all details, Peacock noted the two Newfoundland variants were obviously related to The Baffled Knight of the Child collection. He also noted that this story of the timid young man who is slow on the uptake is a favourite in European balladry as well.


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