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Woo'd and married and a'

Language: English

No house in the village could stow them,
We were crowded with gallants so gay,
So deck'd out, you scarcely could know them,
       All booted in costly array.
The grass was trod down in our meadows,
       It never grew up into hay,
The lovers grew meagre as shadows,
       Before the fair maid went away.
Woo'd and carried away, woo  and carried away,
The pride and the boast of the parish
       Is gone and married away.

But if Harry had known her as I do,
How her youth has been trifled away,
Without knitting,   or baking, or brewing,
       Or spinning, or making of hay:
Her dress was her sole occupation,
       And when that is taken away,
She will quickly wear out of the fashion,
       When drest in plain garments of grey.
Woo'd and carried away, woo'd and carried away,
The buxom fine toast of the parish
       Is gone and married away.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Courtisée et mariée au loin", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44
Line count: 22
Word count: 150

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Courtisée et mariée au loin

Language: French (Français) after the English

Aucune maison dans le village ne pouvait les contenir,
Nous étions entassés avec des galants si gais,
Si endimanchés, tu pouvais à peine les reconnaître,
Tous dans des atours coûteux,
L'herbe fut piétinée dans nos prairies,
Elle ne devint jamais du foin,
Les amoureux devinrent maigres comme des ombres,
Avant que la blonde jeune fille s'en aille.
Courtisée et emportée, courtisée et emportée,
La fierté et la vanité de la paroisse
Est partie et mariée au loin.

Mais si Harry l'avait connue comme moi,
Comme sa jeunesse a été gaspillée,
Sans tricoter, ou faire la cuisine, ou faire le thé,
Ou filer, ou faire les foins :
S'habiller était sa seule occupation,
Et quand elle a été emmenée,
Vite elle n'a plus suivi la mode,
Habillée toute en gris.
Courtisée et emportée, courtisée et emportée,
La belle vedette bien en chair de la paroisse
Est partie et mariée au loin.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Anne Grant (1755 - 1838)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Haydn. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-06-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44
Line count: 22
Word count: 150