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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