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Shepherds are the Best of Men

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Performer: Puffet, John
Place Collected: Lechlade
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 284

Versions in this form are found only in southern England since about 1880, but it is an adaptation of an earlier sailor ballad printed on broadsides ‘When the stormy winds do blow’. Interestingly we have the same┬ásailor-shepherd pairing in the old saying ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s/shepherd’s delight, etc.).

 

Notes by Steve Gardham