“Sledburn Fair”


"I'd oft heard tell of this Sledburn fair, And fain would I gan thither." The singer's parents let him go there with Nell. They arrive at Sledburn, find an alehouse, and settle down to enjoy a fine dinner.


By his placement and notes, de la Mare seems to think this a honeymoon song, but there is little direct hint of this except that the boy and girl go out together for (at least) a day unhaperoned. - RBW


  1. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #79, "Sledburn Fair" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2543
  3. BI, WdlM079


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (de la Mare)
Keywords: horse travel
Found in: Britain(England)