MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Young Edmund in the Lowlands

Performed by Mike Kent Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 8 Track 13
Community: Cape Broyle Audio: Yes
Genre: Ballad / murder Laws M34

Transcription

Come all young men and maidens attend unto my song,
While I relate concerning golds that lead so many wrong,
Young Emberly was a servant girl she loves a sailor bold,
Twas all for gain he plowed the main so oftentimes l've been told,

It being long years and better since Edmund went… was at home,
Young Edmund came to Emberly's house when she was all alone,
Young Edmund came to Emberly's house… all alone,
Young Edmund came to Emberly's house his gold all for to show,
That he had gained upon the main above the lowlands low.

My father keeps the public house down by the rolling main,
You go there and enter in and there all night remain,
I will meet you in thee morning love don't let my parents know,
That your name it is young Edmund that plowed the lowlands low.

Young Edmund he sat drinking till it was time to go to bed,
But little did he ever think that sorrow crowned his head,
Said Emberly cruel father his gold will make a show,
I will send his body a floating down in the lowlands low.

Young Edmund he went to…
Young Edmund he went to bed and there fell fast asleep,
When Emberly's cruel father into the room did creep,
He stabbed and dragged young Edmund down to the beach below,
And he sent his body asinking down in the lowlands low.

Young Emberly in her bed chamber she dreamt an awful dream,
She dreamt she saw her true loves blood afloating in a stream,
She rose up in the morning to her father's house did go,
Because she loved young Edmund who plowed the lowlands low.

O father where is that stranger who came here last night to dwell,
He's murdered replied her father and you know tales must tell,
O cruel-hearted father you'll die a public show,
For the murdering of young Edmund who plowed the lowlands low.

A squire was living handy, her story she made known,
They took …
They took him to the justice his trial it came on,
The jury brought against him and hanged he was also,
For the murdering of young Edmund who plowed the lowlands low.

I'll go down to yonder grove where the leaves they stood so green,
Where once my honored true love's blood went floating in a stream,
The ships that sailed the ocean their sails go to and fro,
They reminds me of my Edmund who plowed the lowlands low.

The ships that are on the ocean sails over my true love's breast,
And his body it lies in the deep and I hope his soul found rest,
The ships That sails the ocean their sails goes to and fro,
They remind me of young Edmund who plowed the lowlands low.


 

Sources: Mercer 199 and 115; Laws M34; Peacock 641; Karpeles 130 ; Henry 113; Roud 182.

History: An English broadside of early 20 th -century provenance (according to http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html).

Text notes: Edmund returns to his beloved but is murdered by the girl's father. She must suffer doubly, eventually turning her father in for his crime.

Tune notes: A dorian mode melody in 6/8 metre and abba form.

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