Queen Jane

from by Phil Edwards

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Queen Jane was in labour for six weeks and more
Till her women grew weary and fain would give o’er

“O women! O women! Good wives if ye be
O send for King Henry and bring him to me”

King Henry was sent for, and he came with all speed
In a gown of red velvet from the heel to the head

King Henry was sent for, to her bedside he came
“Dear lady! Fair lady! your eyes look dim”

“King Henry! King Henry! if kind you will be
Send for a good doctor and let him come to me”

The doctor was sent for and to her he came
“Dear lady! Fair lady! your labour's vain”

"Dear Doctor! Dear Doctor! do one thing for me
Open up my right side and save my baby”

"O no," said King Henry, "That never can be.
"If I lose the flower of England I shall lose the tree.”

The doctor gave a caudle - the death sleep slept she
Then her right side was opened and the babe was set free

The baby was christened with joy and much mirth
But poor Queen Jane's body lay cold in the earth


from 52 Folk Songs: Orange, track released June 11, 2012
Phil Edwards: vocal, flute, recorder




Phil Edwards Manchester, UK

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