MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Squire of Bristol
Ned Martin NFLD 1 Tape 8A Track 2
Cape Broyle Audio:
Ballad / love across social classes

Female voice:(speaks) Don't make any mistakes now

Oh a squire in Bristol you quickly shall hear,
Who courted a nobleman's daughter so fair,
And for to be married it was their intent,
If their friends and relations would give their consent.

Their jacket and trousers this lady she put on,
For she had been hunting with her dog and her gun,
She hunted alone where the farmer did dwell,
For she knew in her heart that he loved her right well.

Many shots did she fire but nothing did she kill,
Until at length the young farmer strayed into the field,
And for to discourse him it was her intent,
And away for to meet him right quickly she went.

Oh, I heard you were going to a wedding she cried,
To wait on a squire and give him your bride,
Oh no said the farmer the truth I will tell,
I cannot give her for I love her too well.

Oh, when that she heard him so valiantly and bold,
She hauled out a glove that was flowered with gold,
She told him she had picked it up where she had came along,
Where she had been hunting with her dog and her gun.

So this lady went home with her heart full of love,
And she put out the tidings that she had lost her glove,
And whosoever finds it and brings it to me,
Oh, the man that will bring it his bride I will be.

So when the young farmer came this for to hear,
Straight way to the lady he instantly did steer,
Saying honourable lady I picked up your glove,
And I hope in your heart that you'll grant me your love.

Oh, my love is ready granted the lady did reply,
For I love the sweet breast of a farmer she cried,
I'll go mistress of my dairy and milking my cows,
Whilst my jolly young farmer goes whistling at the plough.

So now they are married and laughs at the fun,
How completely she hunted with her dog and her gun,
And now she has caught him so fast in her snare,
She'll enjoy him with pleasure I'll vow and declare


Notes

Sources: A more common title for this song is "The Golden Glove" (Peacock 34; Laws N20);   Most sources also give the title variant, "Dog and Gun" but the song that Creighton published (1961: 341) under this title has a completely different narrative; Roud 141.

History:

Text notes: A nobleman's daughter is supposed to marry a squire but she loves a farmer. In some variants, a glove is placed where the farmer will find it, and she says she will marry whomever finds her glove.

Tune notes: A major key tune in 4/4 metre. The form is "abcd" and the "c" phrase has a particularly dramatic octave descent.

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