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I Love My Love Far Better

I love my love far better, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

I love my love far better, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

As I roved out one fine summer’s night
For to look for recreation
My heart was light and free from care
Quite happy in my station
Down by a transparent river clear
I met a comely maiden there
With a garland of flowers on her head she did wear
For to shade the sun from her beauty.

You gods, oh gods of this divine
Come hand my love a letter
That gave to me this mortal wound -
No one could love her better
Far more than fishes likes to swim
Far more than linnets likes to sing
Far better than the bee loves the flowery vale
I love my love far better.

Db Item 118 Musictr
Db Item 118 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Verse 2 should perhaps begin: “You gods, oh gods, oh list, divine.” Air: cf. “The minstrel boy,” Shields Index 193.

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