Sweet Lass Of Richmond Hill: James Hook

On Richmond Hill there lives a lass
More bright than May-day morn,
Whose charms all others maids’ surpass,
A rose without a thorn.

This lass so neat,
With smiles so sweet,
Has won my right good will.
I’d crowns resign
To call thee mine,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill!
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
I’d crowns resign
To call thee mine,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill!

Ye zephyrs gay that fan the air,
And wonton through the grove,
O whisper to my charming fair,
I die for her I love.

How happy will the shepherd be
Who calls this nymph his own!
O may her choice be fix’d on me!
Mine’s fix’d on her alone.

Wikipedia: “The Lass of Richmond Hill“, also known as “The Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill“, is a song written by Leonard McNally with music composed by James Hook, and was first publicly performed in 1789. It was said to be a favourite of George III and, at one time, was thought to have been written by his son, George IV. It is a love ballad which popularized the poetic phrase “a rose without a thorn” as a romantic metaphor. Associated with the English town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, it is now often, but mistakenly, considered to be a traditional or folk song, and has even been assigned the number 1246 on the Roud Folk Song Index. The music is also used as a military march by the British army.
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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