domingo, 16 de janeiro de 2011

Scarborough Fair

As the Dark Ages drew to a close, the seaside resort of Scarborough was an important venue for tradesmen all over England. A song about this place was interpreted by bards who went from town to town, spreading the lyrics all over Great Britain. There are many versions of this song called Scarborough Fair.
Originally the song speaks about a man jilted by his lover, who sings to her about impossible tasks she must do to explain to her that love sometimes requires doing things which seem impossible on the face of it.
The ideal of romantic love in the Middle Ages was loving a lady from a distance. There was hardly a dream that such love could ever be answered.

“Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”
Parsley: takes away bitterness.
Sage: strength.
Rosemary: faithfulness, love and remembrance.
Thyme: courage.

There are many versions of Scarborough Fair and there are dozens of ways in which the words have been written down.
The writer remains unknown.


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