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Alternative title: Long Looked for Come at Last

Performer: Wall, Jane
Place Collected: Driffield
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 1643

This song about a lovers’ tiff, reconciliation and eventual marriage is surprisingly rare. It sometimes gets bundled together with another song “Fare thee well, Cold Winter” but the resemblance is superficial. Only 4 versions have ever turned up, 2 of those being in Gloucestershire. Alfred Williams in about 1920 described it as “A plain old song, one of the simpler kind of ballad: it has been sung around Cirencester for more than a century.”

For a possible tune for this song, see

Notes by Gwilym Davies 28 April 2015