The Gleeman

Notes on In Limbo



According to Baring-Gould (ibid, p. iv of the Notes to Songs), he first heard this song from an old charwoman in south Devon (whom he refers to as "Old Mary"). He says he later found it again as "The Fantastick Prodigal" in "The Merry Musician", dated 1716.

I have ignored the piano accompaniment and just given the air for the text. According to a note underneath the verses on p33, the fourth verse can be omitted in singing. Fleetwood Sheppard gives a time signature of 76 for a dotted crotchet.

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