William Shield
(1748 - 1829)

Poor Barbara
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"Sung with great applause at the readings and music, Freemasons' Hall, and at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden". Pub. 1795.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

My mother had a maid called Barbara.
She was in love; and he she loved proved false,
And did forsake her: she had a song of "Willow",
An old thing 'twas, but it expressed her fortune,
And she died singing it: that song tonight
Will not go from my mind; I have much ado,
Not to go hang my head all o' one side,
And sing it like poor Barbara.