“All Things Are Quite Silent”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904
Keywords: love separation lament sailor pressgang
Found in: Britain(England(South))

Description

The singer's lover is taken from their bed by a pressgang; she begs them to spare him but they refuse. She laments, remembering the joys of their life together, but says she will not be downcast, as someday he may return.

Notes

"...by [1835] the system of impressment had almost faded out, although it was never actually abolished by Act of Parliament." -- A. L. Lloyd

Lloyd reports this as the only known version of the song. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 13, "All Things Are Quite Silent" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, THNGSLNT*
  3. Roud #2532
  4. BI, VWL013