• Duration: 4 minutes
  • Soloist(s): Soprano
  • Instrumentation: Piano OR Strings, harp, flute & oboe
  • Published by: Novello

This is the fourth work from the collection of eight new arrangements of traditional folk songs, written for the soprano Laura Wright and her Number One selling album The Last Rose.


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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 love easy,
as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish,
with her would not agree.

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

Words: W. B. Yeats (1865 – 1939)