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Greensleeves

(Lorena McKennitt; John William Waterhouse paintings; the Unicorn Tapestries, an illusionary medieval realm; ethereal, ephemeral women; magic, mystical places influenced my choosing Greensleeves for B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – September 12, 2015 – Cut-Up Technique.)

Alas my love you do me wrong
To cast me off discourteously;
And I have loved you oh so long
Delighting in your company.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

I have been ready at your hand
To grant whatever thou would’st crave;
I have waged both life and land
Your love and goodwill for to have.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

Thy petticoat of sendle white
With gold embroidered gorgeously;
Thy petticoat of silk and white
And these I bought gladly.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves

Lorena McKennitt’s voice and harp are exquisite in her rendition of Greensleeves*. The italicized words are cut from a longer version of the song.

heart of joy

loved gorgeously

heart of gold

embroidered silk

delighting gladly

ready, my lady

clothed all in green

your goodwill

my gallant company

* “There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. Boleyn allegedly rejected King Henry’s attempts to seduce her, and this rejection may be referred to in the song when the writer’s love “cast me off discourteously”. However, the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after Henry’s death, making it more likely Elizabethan in origin.” (Wikipedia)

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2 thoughts on “green sleeves

  1. summerstommy2 September 13, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I have do loved loreena’s version of Greensleeves. I like how you have used it and the small but significant history lesson at the end.

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    • phylor September 14, 2015 / 8:37 am

      Thank you.
      I fell in love with Lorena the first time a friend played “Dickens’ Dublin (The Palace)” from Parallel Dreams in 1989. I should add that to my collection!

      The description of the Visit suggests that Greensleeves was written by King Henry VIII. News to me; I initially learned the tune with the Christmas lyrics, What Child is This?.
      Having my own ideas about the song, I wikied it, so could append the history. We were to credit the creator of the original work. There is a Renaissance version of the lyrics as well.
      Maybe Henry? After all, Anne did become one of his wives.

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