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First Line: Ruddy old shepherd, blithe of cheer
Last Line: (long may it march before us!)
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Song Writing; Hotels


Traveller.

RUDDY old Shepherd, blithe of cheer,

Chorus.

(Here's to the leg that's lusty!)

Traveller.

When comes to you the pick of the year?

Chorus.

(Mark what he says . . . he's trusty!)

Shepherd.

"When I watch yon Fire in the chimney roar. . . ."

Chorus.

(What in the embers dreamt he?)

Shepherd.

"And sparks flee up from the embers' core. . . ."

Chorus.

(Fill up his can -- it's empty!)

Shepherd.

"While out on the moorland gale I hear. . . ."

Chorus.

(Here's to the woes we bury!)

Shepherd.

"Some Fiddle, ranting and rovering near! . . ."

Chorus.

(Hail to that fiddler merry!)

Shepherd.

"Yon Fire, so great and so quick with glee. . . ."

Chorus.

(Here's to the world so stormy!)

Shepherd.

"Is Love, the breath o' the world, you see. . . ."

Chorus.

(Here's to the mother that bore me!)

Shepherd.

"And . . . hark to the Fiddle! . . That's Hope! Play on. . . ."

Chorus.

(Fiddle, we send a chorus!)

Shepherd.

"Idling and wheeling, and come and gone! . . ."

Chorus.

(Long may it march before us!)





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