The Ash Grove
(Llwyn On)

Version 2
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Barry Taylor


"One of the few Welsh Folk songs that has become part of the folk song heritage all over the world. According to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, it appeared "in a mutilated form as "Cease Your Funning" in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in 1728.

There is another set of lyrics at The Ash Grove (Version 1).

Down yonder green valley where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading, I pensively roam
Or at the bright noontide in solitude wander
Amid the dark shades of the lonely Ash grove
Twas there while the blackbird was cheerfully singing
I first met that dear one, the joy of my heart
Around as for gladness the bluebells were ringng
Ah then little knew I, how soon we would part.

Still glows the bright sunshine, oer valley and mountain
Still trembles the moonbeam on streamlet and fountain
Still warbles the blackbird, its note from the tree
But what are the beauties of nature to me?
With sorrow, deep sorrow, my bosom is laden
All day I go wandering in search of my love
Ye echoes Oh tell me, where is that bright maiden?
She sleeps neath the green turf, down by the ash grove.
Lyrics in Welsh
  • Llwyn Onn (From Taylor's Traditional Tunebook)
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This version is from an old LP I checked out of the library years ago. When I returned to look for it, it was no longer there, so I can't give any information as to where the lyrics are from.