Once I loved a maiden fair, But she did deceive me; She with Venus might compare, In my mind, believe me; She was young, and among All our maids the sweetest, Now I say, Ah! well-a-day, Brightest hopes are fleetest. I the wedding ring had got, Wedding clothes provided, Sure the church would bind a knot Ne’er to be divided; Married we straight must be, She her vows had plighted; Vows, alas! as frail as glass; All my hopes are blighted. Maidens wav’ring and untrue, Many a heart have broken; Sweetest lips the world e’er knew, Falsest words have spoken. Fare thee well, faithless girl, I’ll not sorrow for thee; Once I held thee dear as pearl, Now I do abhor thee.
Note: this is an anonymous text from the time of James I, condensed by T. Oxenford.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Horatio William Parker (1863 - 1919), " Once I loved a maiden fair", published 1899 [ voice and piano ], John Church [sung text checked 1 time]
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