‘Fare thee well!’ #travel #song #ballad #poetry #London #India

Here is a charming 18th century English folk ballad, to beat away the blues of January.
The first published version of this song appeared in Roxburghe Ballads, 1710.

‘…stay a while with me

For if I had a friend all on this earth

You’ve been a friend to me.

And fare thee well my own true love

And farewell for a while.

I’m going away but I’ll be back

If I go ten thousand miles.’

And on this cheery note, I must bid a 21st century friendly farewell as I depart London, England for Goa, India for 3 weeks of intrepid adventures and exciting discoveries. 

Sunny climes and warm skies beckon beyond and over the horizon – actually, geographically speaking, lying north of the Equator, just beneath the Tropic of Cancer.

New friends to meet, old friends to greet: ‘But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep…’ (poet, Robert Frost).

There are many ways to part and many paths to wander…

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3 thoughts on “‘Fare thee well!’ #travel #song #ballad #poetry #London #India

  1. One poet’s tender farewell
    doth surely morph as some
    new intrepid greeting,
    while she doth transport its complement
    to some awaiting host
    in yonder other hemisphere.
    Very well then.
    Fly! hence be gone away!
    Goeth thou to Goa
    if thous must.
    In your wake, whether by sea or air,
    England sighs until

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