Rolling in the Dew

Rolling in the Dew
“What will you do for the pins to pin it with,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“The thorns on the hedges love’d do to I do get some.”
Rolling in the dew, the milkmaid fair.
From the singing of Danny Brazil, Over’s Bridge, Gloucester and Lemmy Brazil, Walham Tump, Gloucester 5, 6 January 1967 (Springthyme 67.1.27, 29). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967).

As sung by Danny:
“What would you do if I was to run away,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“For the Devil he’d come after you and he would fetch you back again,
He’d roll you in the dew, the milkmaid fair.

As sung by Lemmy:
“Suppose I was to run away my pretty fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“The Devil he’d come after you and he would fetch you back again”
Rolling in the dew said the milkmaid fair.

“Suppose you was to have a son my pretty fair maid,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“Kind sir,” she answered him, “you would have to father him.”
Rolling in the dew, the milkmaid fair.

“What will you do for the clothes to clothe it with,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“My mother’s a linen draper shop my father he would give me some.”
Rolling in the dew, the miIkmaid fair.

“What will you do for the pins to pin it with,
With your red rosy cheeks and your curly black hair?”
“The thorns on the hedges love’d do to I do get some.”
Rolling in the dew, the milkmaid fair.

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