Joy Upon Thy Bright Cheek Dances
(Hob Y Deri Dando)
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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According to William Cole this tune is related to Hai Down ir Deri Dando, which he says, is an old song of the Druids. Hob Y Deri Dando means "the pig under the oaks" in Welsh.

Joy upon thy bright cheek dances,
Hob a derry dando, Jane, sweet Jane!
From thine eyes Love's arrow glances,
Hob a derry dando, Jane, sweet Jane!
In the greenwood I am waiting
All alone, sweet Jane;
To the tuneful birds relating
How I love thee, Jane;
Come unto the trysting tree,
Jane, sweet Jane!

Oh! that winged were thy lover,
Hob a derry dando, Jane, sweet Jane!
Round thee like a dove to hover,
Hob a derry dando, Jane, sweet Jane!
Think not I can ever leave thee,
No! Such thought is vain!
Think not I could e'er deceive thee;
Oh, no! pretty Jane!
Thou art all the world to me
Jane, sweet Jane!
Lyrics in Welsh
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From Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
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