Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp. The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse". Retrieved 19 October Place names in the writings of William Butler Yeats. London, UK: Macmillan. Norman A new commentary on the poems of W. Women composers: The lost tradition found 2nd ed. New York: Down To The River - Salley Gardens - Down To The River (CD Feminist Press. The LiederNet Archive. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. Retrieved 17 March Salley gardens. Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet, Album).
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree; But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree. In a field by the river my love and I did stand, And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs; But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears. Yeats indicated in a Album) that it was "an attempt to reconstruct Down To The River - Salley Gardens - Down To The River (CD old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare, Sligo, who often sings them to herself. The "old song" may have been the ballad "The Rambling Boys of Pleasure".
The similarity to the 1st verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing. The rest of the song, however, is quite different. In a field down by the river, my love and I did stand And upon my leaning shoulder, she laid her snow-white hand. She bid me to take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs, But I was young and foolish, and now I am full of tears.
Down by the Sally Gardens, my love and I did meet. She crossed the Sally Gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me to take life easy, as the leaves blow on the tree, But Album) was young and foolish, and with her I did not agree. Clannad Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. Note: When you embed the widget in your site, it will match your site's styles CSS.
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