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Re: One misty moisty morning

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 15, 2007

In Reply to: Re: One misty moisty morning posted by RRC on April 14, 2007

: : I am looking to find a nursery rhyme that has these words or something very like it, it is pounding through my brain and finding the whole thing would help me to 'put it to bed' so to speak. 'One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather' and 'there I met an old man clothes all in leather'. Can anyone help me please?

: If you go to Google and type in "misty moisty morning", you'll get about over 17,900 hits.

I've been trying to find the one of the 17,000 that corresponds most closely to how I remember the verse. Without going all the way to the end, I settled on this one.

English Traditional (arr. Steeleye Span)

One misty moisty morning, when cloudy was the weather,
I chanced to meet an old man a-clothèd all in leather.
He was clothèd all in leather, with a cap beneath his chin,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

This rustic was a thresher, as on his way he hied,
And with a leather bottle fast buckled by his side.
He wore no shirt upon his back, but wool unto his skin,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

I went a little further and there I met a maid
'A-going, a-milking, a-milking sir' she said.
Then I began to compliment and she began to sing,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

This maid her name was Dolly, clothed in a gown of grey,
I feeling somewhat jolly persuaded her to stay.
And straight I fell a-courting her in hopes her love to win,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.
I having time and leisure, I spent a vacant hour
A-telling of my treasure while sitting in her bower.
With many kind embraces, I stroked her double chin,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

I said that I would married be, and she would be my bride,
And long we should not tarry and twenty things beside.
I'll plough and sow and reap and mow, and you shall sit and spin,
Singing 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

Her parents then consented, all parties were agreed,
Her portion thirty shillings, we married were with speed.
Then Will the Piper he did play, whilst others dance and sing,
Saying 'How d'ye do and how d'ye do and how d'ye do again'.

Then lusty Ralph and Robin, with many damsels gay,
Did ride on roan and dobbin to celebrate the day,
And when they met together, their caps they off did fling,
Singing
'How d'ye do and
How d'ye do and
How d'ye do and
How d'ye doooooo .....
... and How d'ye do again!'.

SS
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