The Milkmaid's Song

(1881)

"The Milkmaid's Song" is a song by Ethelbert Nevin setting a poem of Lord Alfred Tennyson. This poem has also been set to music by American composers Arthur Foote and Horatio Parker.

Shame Upon You, Robin
by Lord Alfred Tennyson


Shame upon you, Robin,
Shame upon you now!
Kiss me would you? with my hands
Milking the cow?
Daisies grow again,
Kingcups blow again,
And you came and kiss'd me milking the cow.


Robin came behind me,
Kiss'd me well I vow;
Cuff him could I? with my hands
Milking the cow?
Swallows fly again,
Cuckoos cry again,
And you came and kiss'd me milking the cow.


Come, Robin, Robin,
Come and kiss me now;
Help it can I? with my hands
Milking the cow?
Ringdoves coo again,
All things woo again.
Come behind and kiss me milking the cow!


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