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Let No Man Steal Your Thyme


 

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.50.53 PM.pngThis is from the movie “Far From the Madding Crowd”. I thought the song beautifully sad. I love these traditional songs.

Here are two versions of the words to look over. The first version is what you hear in the clip. The second explains the song and gives what might be the original words.

When I heard this song I did not know the words and I thought thyme was time. It made sense to me to let no man “steal my time” as in not letting any man waste my time because it is too precious. Keep my time for the right man, the one who will love me.

I felt the willow tree was the sadness that came of a wrong choice, a man who took advantage.

Now I know what the song was supposed to say and it helps me to understand better the original meaning, what the song was intended to convey.

Beautifully sad, haunting, old English ballad.

 

Let No Man Steal Your Thyme

Come all you fair and tender maids

That flourish in your prime.

Beware, beware keep your garden fair.

Let no man steal your thyme;

Let no man steal your thyme.

 

For when your thyme is past and gone,

He’ll care no more for you,

And every place where your thyme was waste

Will all spread o’re with rue,

Will all spread o’re with rue.

 

For woman is a branchy tree,

And man’s a clinging vine,

And from your branches carelessly

He’ll take what he can find,

He’ll take what he can find.

 

The gardener’s son was standing by;

Three flowers he gave to me

The pink, the blue, and the violet, too,

And the red, red rosy tree,

The red, red, rosy tree.

 

But I forsook the red rose bush

And gained the willow tree,

So all the world might plainly see

How my love slighted me,

How my love slighted me.

 

Come all you fair and tender maids

That flourish in your prime.

Beware, beware keep your garden fair.

Let no man steal your thyme;

Let no man steal your thyme.

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When I Was In My Prime
Trad., adapted & arranged by Robin Greenstein

Guitar, Vocal – Robin
Bass – Barry Weisenfeld
Harp – Lisa McDivitt

An old English ballad. According to SING OUT Magazine: “It is generally attributed to the pen of Mrs. Fleetwood Habersham, of Habergham Lance, who ‘ruined by the extravagance and disgraced by the vices of her husband….soothed her sorrows…by some stanzas yet remembered among the old people of her neighborhood.” She died in 1703. Thyme represents virginity; the willow tree regret; and the rose is true love. These symbols reappear in old English balladry. I learned this from the singing of Bonnie Dobson.
When I Was In My Prime
When I was in my prime,

I flourished like a vine

There came along a false young man

Came stole away my thyme,

Came stole away my thyme

 

The Gardiner standing by,

Three offers gave to me

The pink, the violet, the red, red rose

But I refused all three,

I refused all three

 

For the pink is not for me,

It blossoms much too soon

The violet is too deep a blue,

So I thought I’d wait til June

I thought I’d wait til June

 

For in June the red rose blooms,

But it’s the flower for me

Twas then I plucked the red, red rose

And gained the willow tree

And gained the willow tree

 

And the willow tree shall twist,

And the willow tree shall twine

How I wish I was in that young man’s arms

That once was a love of mine,

That once was a love of mine

 

When I was in my prime,

I flourished like a vine

There came along a false young man

Came stole away my thyme,

Came stole away my thyme

 

AJ ❤

6 comments on “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme

  1. Dinata Misovec
    January 5, 2016

    I love this song. And, even though I don’t remember hardly a thing about it, I remember that I loved the movie years ago.

    Liked by 1 person

    • annj49
      January 5, 2016

      I thought the movie was great! Had me crying by the end….

      Like

  2. Dinata Misovec
    January 5, 2016

    Whoops, I wasn’t finished. The book was best by far.

    Liked by 1 person

    • annj49
      January 5, 2016

      I should try to get hold of the book .

      Like

  3. penneyvanderbilt
    September 16, 2016

    Reblogged this on Ancien Hippie.

    Liked by 1 person

    • annj49
      September 16, 2016

      Thanks! I appreciate the reblog. Love the song 🙂

      Like

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