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The Shepherdess

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Performer: Mason, John
Place Collected: Stow-on-the-Wold
Date collected: 1907 (28 Mar)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 959

This song can be traced back to the 18th century, to a broadside entitled “The Sailor’s Courtship” and may be earlier. It was certainly printed a number of times and versions can be found in England, Scotland and Canada. The rural pastoral theme with a happy ending would have appealed to many country singers.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 4 July 2015