The Little Damozel (1912)

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A charming song by the 19-year-old Novello, who would go on to become one of Britain's most popular entertainers of the twentieth century. Note that this work is still protected by copyright in the United Kingdom, where copyright persists until 70 years after the creator's death.

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A dainty little Damozel
Looked out across the sea.
She saw the Lord High Admiral
Come swaggering down the quay;
“Good morrow, little Damozel,
I’ll marry you,” quoth he,
“When I have sent those foreign ships
to where they ought to be.”
“Fa, la, la, la, la!”
she tossed her little head,
“Lord Admiral you may be,
But as for marrying me,” she said,
“Well, that depends on me!”

This wayward little Damozel
Went wandering by the lea,
And there she met a shepherd boy
As pretty as could be.
“I love you, dainty Damozel,
With tender heart and true,
If you will love me half as well,
I’ll pipe all day for you, for you!”
“Fa, la, la, la, la!”
she shook her little head,
“Nay, nay, that cannot be;
If you should pipe all day,” she said,
“Who’d keep my sheep for me?"

But as she turned for home again,
Across the twilight land,
Her blue-eyed page came timidly,
A rosebud in in his hand.
“God greet you, dainty Damozel,”
He sighed and bent his knee,
“I am no Lord High Admiral,
Nor can I pipe, you see, you see!”
“Fa, la, la, la, la!”
she bent her little head,
“What matters that?” said she.
“I only know I love you so,
And that’s enough for me!”