The keeper (Traditional)

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  • CPDL #31289:  Network.png
Editor: Adriano Secco (submitted 2014-02-16).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Adriano Secco, also available for SATB and Orchestra.
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
  • CPDL #19279:   
Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2009-04-16).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SAATTBB

General Information

Title: The Keeper
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist:

Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published:

Description:

External websites: http://www.adrianoseccomusic.it

Original text and translations

English.png English text

The keeper did a hunting go
and under his cloak he carried a bow
all for to shoot a merry little doe
among the leaves so green-o.

Chorus:
Jackie boy (Master)
Sing ye well (Very well)
Hey down (Ho down)
Derry derry down
Among the leaves so green-o
To my hey down down
(To my ho down down )
Hey down (Ho down)
Derry derry down
Among the leaves so green-o.

 

The first doe she did cross the plain,
The keeper fetched her back again.
Where she is now, she may remain,
Among the leaves so green-o.

Chorus: Jackie boy (Master)…

The next doe she did cross the brook.
The keeper fetched her back with his hook.
Where she is now you may go and look
Among the leaves so green-o.

Chorus: Jackie boy (Master)…

The keeper did a hunting go.
In the woods he caught a doe.
She looked so sad that he let her go.