Salley Gardens (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-17)   CPDL #53991:   
Editor: Anthony Pasqua (submitted 2019-04-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 842 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Although this arrangement is notated as SSATB, the tenors and basses sing the melody in unison throughout--hence, the SSAB designation.

General Information

Title: Salley Gardens
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: William Butler Yeats

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Unknown

First published: 2015


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Original text and translations

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Down by the Salley gardens, my love and I did meet
She passed the Salley gardens with little snow-white feet
She bid me take life easy, as the leaves grow on the trees
But I, being young and foolish, with her I did not agree

In a field by the river, my love and I did stand
And on my leaning shoulder she placed her snow-white hand
She bid me take love easy, as the grass grows on the weirs
But I was young and foolish and now I am full of tears.