Category Archives: Anne Briggs

AS26: Let no man steal your thyme

This is one of the briefer examples of this family of songs, as sung by Jean Redpath and subsequently Anne Briggs. There’s little or no overlap with When I was in my prime, showing how much variation can develop in a group of songs over the years. I particularly like the way the nature imagery is developed in the last verse – “Woman is a branchy tree and man a single wand“; concise and to the point.

Sung in the open air – six feet up in the air, in fact – unaccompanied except for birdsong.

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