One Hundred English Folksongs

This is one of a series of posts about books used as source material for Art Song Central.

Book Title: One Hundred English Folksongs (medium voice)
Editor: Cecil J. Sharp (1859-1924)
Publisher: Oliver Ditson Company
Copyright: 1916

Google Books has a complete version for download as a PDF file: One Hundred English Folksongs

There is an extensive text preceeding the printed music with detailed notes on each song. I may at some point transcribe that and place it here.


  • Henry Martin
  • Bruton Town
  • The knight and the shepherd’s daughter
  • Robin Hood and the Tanner
  • The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies
  • Lord Bateman
  • Barbara Ellen
  • Little Sir Hugh
  • Geordie
  • Lady Maisry
  • The outlandish knight
  • The coasts of High Barbary
  • The cruel mother
  • The golden vanity
  • Lord Thomas of Winesberry
  • The green wedding
  • The briery bush
  • Lord Rendal
  • Blow away the morning dew
  • The two magicians
  • The Duke of Bedford
  • Death and the Lady
  • The low, low lands of Holland
  • The unquiet grave, or, Cold blows the wind
  • The trees they do grow high
  • Lord Lovel
  • False Lamkin
  • Lord Thomas and the fair Ellinor
  • The death of Queen Jane
  • Farewell, Nancy
  • Sweet Kitty
  • The crystal spring
  • The seeds of love
  • The sprig of thyme
  • The cuckoo
  • Blackbirds and thrushes
  • The drowned lover
  • The sign of the Bonny Blue Bell
  • O Waly, Waly
  • Green bushes
  • Bedlam
  • The bold fisherman
  • The rambling sailor
  • Dabbling in the dew
  • The saucy sailor
  • Fanny Blair
  • Arise, arise
  • Searching for lambs
  • Green broom
  • The sweet primeroses
  • My bonny, bonny boy
  • As I walked through the meadows (First version)
  • As I walked through the meadows (Second version)
  • Erin’s lovely home
  • The true lover’s farewell
  • High Germany
  • Sweet lovely Joan
  • My boy Willie
  • Whistle, daughter, whistle
  • Mowing the barley
  • I’m seventeen come Sunday
  • The lark in the moon
  • Hares on the mountains
  • O Sally, my dear
  • Gently, Johnny, my Jingalo
  • The keys of Canterbury
  • My man John
  • O No, John!
  • The brisk young bachelor
  • Ruggleton’s daughter of Iero
  • William Taylor
  • Sweet William
  • The watchet sailor
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Brimbledon Fair, or, Young Ramble-away
  • Bridgwater Fair
  • The crabfish
  • The beggar
  • The keeper
  • The three sons
  • Jack Hall
  • Driving away at the smoothing iron
  • The robber
  • John Barleycorn
  • Poor old horse
  • Botany Bay
  • Admiral Benbow
  • Bold Nelson’s praise
  • Spanish ladies
  • The ship in distress
  • Come all you worthy Christian men
  • Wassail song
  • It’s a rosebud in June
  • A brisk young sailor
  • The sheep-shearing
  • The twelve days of Christmas
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The tree in the wood
  • The barley-mow
  • One man shall mow my meadow

This book of folksongs has also been republished by Dover.

Songs from this volume will be uploaded as song posts are created for them. If you would like me to give priority to a song that is not yet posted, please let me know via the contact page.