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Does anyone know the origin of this poem or one like it?

 
 
yarnandsea
 
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Reply Mon 15 Apr, 2013 05:32 pm
@yarnandsea,
This is the one I have from 1987

In a park in which I dwell
I met a boy I loved so well
He took my heart away from me
Now he wants to set it free
He took a strange girl upon his knee
told her things he never told me
Went home crying on my bed
not a word to anyone I said
My mom came home that night
searching for me left and right
She went downstairs opened the door
saw me hanging not touching the floor
She looked down on the ground
a note she had found
"dig my grave
dig it deep
place a statue at my feet
on the statue place a dove
tell the world I died for love"
E-gi
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jun, 2013 07:42 am
@glynis,
A soldier boy came home one night
to find his house without a light
he went upstairs to go to bed
when a sudden thought entered his head

He went into his sister's room
He found her hanging from a beam
He got a knife and cut her down
And on her breast these words were found

I loved a sailor man so fair etc etc...
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hollieshaye
 
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Reply Thu 4 Jul, 2013 04:55 am
The title of this song is A maidens prayer . And the first verse is A man came home from work one night , to find his house without a light .
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Pauline1960
 
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Reply Sat 30 Nov, 2013 07:13 am
Mmmm, interesting how the words have changed/ been dropped/ been added to etc over the years. The song may have been called " The Maiden's Prayer" but it was a also known as "The Sailor's Lament".

I first learned this song around 1972 - taught to me by my father (Korean War Veteran - Royal Australian Navy). I then taught my younger sister and we've been singing it together ever since. I sang it at my dad's funeral and sadly, in two days time will probaby do so again at my sister's funeral. The words have no real bearing but the song was special to us.



She was a maiden pure and fair
Who came from high society
He was a sailor brave and bold
Who took that girls virginity

Her apron strings were white as snow
She used t tie them in a bow
But now her apron strings won't meet
She met that sailor on the street

Her father came home late one night
He found the house without a light
He went upstairs to go to bed
when a sudden thought came to his head

He went in to his daughter's room
He found her hanging from a beam
He got his knife and cut her down
And on her breast this note he found

Oh father dear, I cannot stand the shame
To bear this child without a name
So dig my grave and dig it deep
And place white lilies at my feet

He dug her grave, he dug it deep
He placed white lilies at her feet
And on her breast he placed a dove
To show that she had died for love

So all you maidens bear in mind
A sailor's love is hard to find
So if you find one that is true
Don't change that old love for a new
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janloves shoes
 
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Reply Wed 28 May, 2014 06:17 pm
@glynis,
Hi i wrote this story down tonight which came to me from the 60s but mine is a bit different to yours a man came home from work one night to find his house without a light he went upstairs to his daughters room to finnd her hanging from a broom he got a knife and cut her down and on her chest these words he found oh daddy dear i died in vain to bare a child without a name so dig my grave and dig it deep and place white lillies at my feet so he dug her grave and dug it deep and placed white lillies at her feet and at my hed a turtle dove to show the world i died for love so all young lovers bare in in mind a sailors love is hard to find so if you a love thats true dont change the old one for the new I hope this has helped you not sure it is all the right words .
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ian hawkins
 
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Reply Thu 25 Sep, 2014 03:59 pm
@AJxKraZe,
hope this helps you, as this is the poem or song I grew up with, from my older brother, who use to sing it to me when he came home on leave from the army,, A SOLDIER BOY CAME HOME ONE NIGHT, TO FIND HIS HOUSE WITHOUT A LIGHT, HE WENT UPSTAIRS TO GO TO BED,,WHEN A SUDDEN THOUGHT CAME TO HIS HEAD, HE WENT INTO HIS DAUGHTERS ROOM,, AND FOUND HER HANGING FROM A BEAM,,HE TOOK HIS KNIFE, AND CUT HER DOWN, AND UPON HER BREAST THIS NOTE HE FOUND,,OH FATHER DEAR I DIE IN SHAME ,I BARE A CHILD WITHOUT A NAME, SO DIG MY GRAVE AND DIG IT DEEP, AND PLACE WHITE LILLIES AT MY FEET, SO HE DUG HER GRAVE AND DUG IT DEEP, AND PLACED WHITE LILLIES AT HER FEET, UPON HER BREAST A GOLDEN DOVE,,TO SHOW THE WORLD SHE DIED FOR LOVE, ,,,,,,,
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sands5
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jun, 2015 08:44 am
@glynis,
These are the words I know from a song my Dad used to sing.

A father he came home one night,
To find his house without a light;
He went upstairs to go to bed,
When a sudden thought came to his head.

He walked into his daughter's room,
And found her hanging from a beam;
He took his knife and he cut her down,
And on her breast this note he found.

My love was for that sailor boy,
Who travels far across the sea;
Sometimes I've often thought of him,
But I know he never thinks of me.

I wish my baby had been born,
Then all my troubles would be o'er;
But tell my love we'll meet again,
Over yonder on that golden shore.

So dig my grave and dig it deep,
And place white lilies at my feet;
And on my breast a turtle dove,
To show that I have died for love.

We dug her grave and we dug it deep,
We placed white lilies at her feet;
And on her breast a turtle dove,
To show that she had died for love;
To show that she had died for love.
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Reechoing
 
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Reply Fri 30 Oct, 2015 01:31 am
@glynis,
It is on you tube sung by The Dorymen it's called A Miadens Prayer, My Dad used to sing it with a more country sound and I still like his version better, however enjoy I am only glad it existed b'cos the lyrics are so touching and I always enjoyed harmonizing with dad bless his soul.
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Terence
 
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Reply Sun 11 Dec, 2016 09:27 am
@yarnandsea,
First heard this when I was doing national service in the army at Kunsebeck Germany (westphalia nr. Beidefeld) in 1958. Great singer from Manchester -Terry (Mac) Macdermot' He sang 'A man came home etc.' No mention of babies, just missed letters. Known to us as 'Soldiers Love'. Always brought the house down not to mention the tears!
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Rob McA
 
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Reply Sun 4 Nov, 2018 02:58 pm
@AJxKraZe,
This is the nearest version I have heard, to the one I heard forty odd years ago. The difference being " a father came home one night, and a sailors love is hard to find. Thanks for the memories
Rob McA
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M wells
 
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2019 10:56 am
@Moerae,
This is the version I was taught:
A working man came home one night
To find his home without a light
He went upstairs to go to bed
A sudden thought came to his head

He went into his daughter's room
And found her hanging from a beam
He took a knife and cut her down
Upon her breast a note he found

Oh daddy dear, I die in shame
To bear this child without a name
So dig my grave and dig it deep
And lays white lilies at my feet

He dug her grave and dug it deep
And laid white lilies at her feet
Upon her chest he place a dove
To show the world she died for love

So all you Loyals bear in mind
A virgins love is hard to find
So if you find one good and true
Don't try to change her ways for you.

I don't believe this is the original because I've heard it, I personally prefer this version - from some soldiers actually.


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RightfullyLogic
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 06:41 am
@yarnandsea,
I heard this when I was young in 1990 but it is different than what you have.

In a path where I once dwell
I met a boy I liked so well
He stole my heart away from me
Said he's never set me free
Until that one day
He sat a strange girl upon his knee
Told her things he never told me
At night I went to cry in bed
Not a word to mother I said
Father came home late that night
Searched for me from left to right
Opened my door in which he broke
Seen me hanging from a rope
With a knife he cut me down
On the dresser a note was found

It read:
"Dig me a grave
Dig it Deep
Place a marble stone
From my head to my feet
On that stone place a Dove
To show the world that I died for love"
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