#03481
Rue And Thyme (Stephanie Squires) video
(The Willow Tree)
#2266: YouTube video by gdgest
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Beware, young maids, beware,
Beware, and heed my rhyme;
And see that you keep your garden well,
And let no man steal your thyme.

Oh, when my thyme was new,
It flourished both night and day;
Till by there came a false young man,
And he stole my thyme away.

And now my thyme's all gone,
And I can plant no new;
And the very place where my thyme was set,
Is all overgrown with rue.

And rue runs over all,
And nothing can it stop;
But there blooms a flower in my father's garden,
They call it the fair maid's hope.

"Now spring up hope," said I,
"And be not afraid of rue;
And if ever that young man should come again,
He'll surely find me true."

The gardener standing by,
I bade him choose for me;
He chose me the lily, the violet, and the pink,
But I refused all three.

The lily I refused,
Because it fades so soon;
The violet and the pink I did them overlook,
And vowed I would wait until June.

In June the red rose buds,
And that is the flower for me;
And in laying my hand on the red rose bush,
I thought of the willow tree.

The willows they grow long,
The willows they grow strong;
And the whole world over may very well know,
That false love has done me wrong.

It's good to be drinking the beer,
It's good to be drinking the wine;
But it's best far to be on the bonny laddie's knee,
That's stolen this heart of mine.

Farewell to all fading flowers,
Farewell to young lovely June;
For the grass that once was trodden under foot,
Perhaps it may rise again.

Beware, young maids, beware,
Beware, and heed my rhyme;
And see that you keep your garden well,
And let no man steal your thyme.

####.... Variant of a traditional ballad from pages 80-81 of Songs of Northern England collected by John Stokoe, with musical arrangements by Samuel Reay, published in 1899 ....####
The video above features Stephanie Squires, folk singer, musician and author, performing a variant of this 19th-century British ballad on day two of the fifth annual Newfoundland Folk Festival in 1981.

GEST Notes: In flower symbolism, thyme symbolized virginity, and rue the regret that follows its untimely loss.



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