“I Wandered by the Brookside”

Author: words: R.M. Milnes/music: A.B. Clark ?
Earliest date: 1848 (broadside, LOCSheet sm1848 440340)
Keywords: courting love separation
Found in: Canada(Mar)


Walking by the mill at night the only sound the singer hears is her heart beating. She waits to hear one footstep or word. Finally "a touch came from behind ... the beating of our own two hearts Was all the sound I heard"


Broadside LOCSinging as113120: J. Andrews dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS



  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 35, "As I Wandered by the Brookside" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2418
  3. BI, CrMa035