“I Wandered by the Brookside”


Walking by the mill at night the only sound the singer hears is her heart beating. She waits to hear one footstep or word. Finally "a touch came from behind ... the beating of our own two hearts Was all the sound I heard"


Broadside LOCSinging as113120: J. Andrews dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(405), "As I Wandered by the Brookside," J. Cadman (Manchester), 1850-1855; also Firth b.27(524), Harding B 11(3526), "As I Wandered by the Brookside"; Harding B 11(3162), "I Wandered by the Brook Side"
  • LOCSheet, sm1848 440340, "I Wandered by the Brookside," Wm. Hall and Son (New York), 1848; also sm1848 440400, sm1875 08167, sm1880 15884, "I Wandered by the Brookside" (tune)
  • LOCSinging, as106450, "I Wandered by the Brookside," J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as106440, "I Wandered by the Brookside"


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 35, "As I Wandered by the Brookside" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2418
  3. BI, CrMa035


Author: words: R.M. Milnes/music: A.B. Clark ?
Earliest date: 1848 (broadside, LOCSheet sm1848 440340)
Found in: Canada(Mar)