The Lusty Young Smith
and music traditional
A lusty young smith at his vice stood a-filing.
His hammer laid by but his
forge still aglow.
When to him a buxom young damsel came smiling,
asked if to work in her forge he would go.
Rum, rum, rum. Rum, rum, rum.
In and out. In and out. Ho!
will," said the smith, and they went off together,
Along to the young damsel's
forge they did go.
They stripped to go to it, 'twas hot work and hot weather.
They kindled a fire and she soon made him blow.
Her husband, she said,
no good work could afford her.
His strength and his tools were worn out long
The smith said "Well mine are in very good order,
And I am now
ready my skill for to show."
Red hot grew his iron, as both did desire,
And he was too wise not to strike while 'twas so.
Said she, "What I
get I get out of the fire,
So prithee, strike home and redouble the blow."
Six times did his iron, by vigorous heating,
Grow soft in her forge
in a minute or so,
But as often was hardened, still beating and beating,
But the more it was softened, it hardened more slow.
When the smith
rose to go, quoth the dame full of sorrow:
"Oh, what would I give could my
husband do so.
Good lad with your hammer come hither tomorrow,
could you use it once more ere you go!"
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Background: The Lusty Young Smith is an 17th century English song first appearing in Thomas D'Urfey's 'Wit and Mirth: Pills to Purge Melancholy' in 1698. I learned this song from a tape of the Irish Breakdown my mother gave me. Their version was different from that which I learned at Renaissance faires and thank goodness. Most of the other versions I've heard have use "jingle, bang, jingle" as their chorus. Boy, is that annoying! Okay, one exception. Dallas' Queen Anne's Lace puts the "jingles" and the "bang jingles" all in the right place as they jingle their breasts. It's very amusing to watch and really fits the chorus. But that's the ONE exception.
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