#03006
Night Visiting Song (Sean Kenny) video
#443: YouTube video by drivermciver
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

I must away now, I can no longer tarry,
This morning's tempest I have to cross;
I must be guided without a stumble,
Into the arms I love the most.

And when he came to his true love's dwelling,
He knelt down gently upon a stone;
And through the window he whispered lowly,
"Is my true love within at home?"

"Wake up, wake up, love, it is thy own true lover,
Wake up, wake up, love, and let me in;
For I am tired, love, and oh so weary,
And more than near drenched to the skin."

She's raised her off her down-soft pillow,
She's raised her off and she's let him in;
And they were locked in each other's arms,
Until that long night was past and gone.

And when that long night was past and over,
And when the small clouds began to grow,
He's taken her hand, and they kissed and parted,
Then he saddled and mounted and away did go.

I must away now, I can no longer tarry,
This morning's tempest I have to cross;
I must be guided without a stumble,
Into the arms I love the most.
Into the arms I love the most.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional ballad from Britain, where A L Lloyd noted in The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs (1959) that night-visiting and bundling were common customs in country villages until the rise of Puritanism (about the time of Elizabeth I's Religious Settlement described as The Revolution of 1559) ....####
The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.

See more songs by Sean Kenny.

A variant was recorded by Middle Tickle (Journeys, trk#11, 2003, Piperstock Productions, Torbay, NL).

A variant was also recorded by Quinton Gordon of Windsor, NL (The Yellow Sky, trk#13, 2006, Woodnight Records, St John's, NL).



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