MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Alonzo the Brave
Wm. Sutton NFLD 2 Tape 7 Track 1
Trepassey Audio:

WM. SUTTON (laughing): Keep near to me now Kathleen
WOMAN'S VOICE: Keep carryin' on
LEACH: All right
WM. SUTTON (sings):

A warrior so bold and a lady so gay
Conversed as they set on the green
They gazed on each other with equal delight
And Alonzo the brave was the name of the knight
And the lady was fair Emma Jane

Adieu said the youth since tomorrow l must go
For to fight in a far distant land
Your tears for my absence would soon cease to flow
Some other will court you and on you bestow
The wealthier suit to your hand

Hush your suspicions fair Emma Jane cried
No __________ untrue lover to be
For let you be living or let you be dead
I’ll swear to the virgin there's none in you’re stead
Shall the husband of Emma Jane be

If ever by lust or by wish lest
l forget you Alonzo the Brave
May God grant to punish my falsehood and pride
Your _______my ghost __________ your ghost to my marriage for to stand by my side
For to tax me with perjury and to claim me as your bride
And to bear me away to your grave

To Palestinish land that hero so bold
His love she lamented him sore
But scarce had a twelvemonth elapsed when behold
A baron knight all covered with diamonds and gold
Arrived at Fair Emma Jane's door

His presence his dress it… (Speaks) Oh my.
LEACH: That’s all right.
WM. SUTTON (Sings):

His treasure his presents his spacious domain
Soon made her untrue to the vows
He dazzled her eye bewildered her brain
He taught her affection so light and serene
And carried her home as his spouse
But not had the marriage been blessed by the priest
When the revelry now was begun
The tables they groaned with the weight of the feast
Nor yet had the laughter or merriment ceased
When the bell in the castle tolled one

First with amazement fair Emma Jane found
A stranger was placed by her side
His air it was terrific he uttered no sound
He spoke not he moved not he turned not around
But earnestly gazed on the bride

His visor was closed ________ hid his eye
His armour was able to view
Al pleasure and laughter was hushed at the sight
The dogs as they eyed him drew back in a fright
And the light in the chamber burnt blue

His presence ________ all appeared to dismay
The guests sat in silence ________________
At length spoke the bride while she trembled l pray
Sir knight that your helmet aside you would lay
And resign to partake of a chair

The lady is silent the stranger complied
His visor he slowly unclosed
Oh God what a sight met fair Emma Jane’s eyes
What words can express her dismay and surprise
When a skeleton’s head was exposed

All present then uttered a terrified shock
All turned with disgust from the scene
The worms crept in and the worms crept out
His both of his eyes and _________________
When the spectre addressed Emma Jane

Behold you thy false one behold you he cried
Do you remember Alonzo the brave
Twas God gave me power for to humble your pride
My ghost to your marriage for to stand by your side
For to take you in perjury and claim you as my bride
And to bear you away to my grave

________________ his arms round the lady he __________
While loudly she shrieked in dismay
And sank with his prey through the wide yawning ground
And never again was fair Emma Jane found
Or the spectre that bored her away

Not long lived the baron alone since that time
To inhabit his castle pursue
For chronicle tells us in verse fifty-nine
That false Emma Jane bears the taint of her crime
And mourns her deplorable doom

At midnight four times in a chair does her spirit
When mortal in slumber bound
Arrive in her apparel of white
And 'pear in the hallways the skeleton knight

While they drink out of skulls newly torn from the grave
Dancing round dan the spectres are seen
Their liquor its blood and the horrible stain
When they howls through the hilltops
Alonso the brave
And the maiden the fair Emma Jane



Sources: Flanders/Brown, 126-129; Peacock, 1965: 380-381; Roud #4433

History: Found in the upper United States and Newfoundland, Canada.

Text: Alonzo, a warrior who is soon off to war, says farewell to his betrothed Emma Jane.   Upon parting, she assures him that she will remain true to him.   She claims that is she is unfaithful he may return to "tax me with perjury and to claim me as your bride and to bear me away to your grave."  While Alonzo is away fighting in the war, Emma does in fact meet another knight who is rich and affectionate and she marries him.   At their wedding feast, the ghost of Alonzo arrives to claim his betrothed and he takes her away.

Tune: This performance is rhythmically free and the key is undistinguishable.

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