“Lonesome Dove (I - The Minister's Lamentation)”


"As I set in that lonesome grove, Set o'er my head a little dove, For its lost mate began to coo...." The singer recalls his lost wife and daughter, killed by consumption. But he thanks God who has taken them away, and hopes to see them in heaven


The Social Harp version of this song (1855) is credited to William C. Davis. This is certainly possible -- it is hardly a true folk song -- but since Davis might be an arranger, I do not list an author. - RBW

Cross references


  • Almeda Riddle, "Lonesome Dove" (on LomaxCD1707)


  1. Randolph 607, "The Lonesome Dove" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Belden, p. 486, "The Dove" (1 text)
  3. BrownIII 305, "The Lonesome Dove" (1 text)
  4. SharpAp 147, "The Lonesome Grove" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
  5. Cambiaire, p. 77, "Lonesome Dove" (1 text)
  6. Roud #3637
  7. BI, R607


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1855 (Social Harp)
Found in: US(Ap,SE,So)