As Sylvie Was Walking

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Tilly Aston noted down the song from her mother, Ann Aston, originally from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, but then resident in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia. She sent it to W. Percy Merrick in 1911. It was included in the [Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society] Vol. 1, No. 1, December 1932, and then in the 'Penguin Book of English Folk Songs'.

Merrick noted "When sending me the song in 1911, Miss Aston wrote that she had taken it down from the singing of her mother, then in her eightieth year, who was born near Coleford, Gloucestershire, England, and who had learnt it from her uncle, also of Gloucestershire. Mrs. Aston went to Australia after her marriage, in 1855."