Cottage For One is a happy little waltz tune about a young maid being courted by a rich young man – a frequent theme in folk songs. My version has her holding out for true love – which does happen after her suitor fails to impress her with his worldly goods.
There once was a maid and so fair was she
But her heart she would give to none.
Till true love she found, she would live all alone
In her sweet little cottage for one, my dear
In her sweet little cottage for one.
In Summer, he met her and asked for her hand,
But the answer she gave him was "Nay,"
For though he was a rich man and she but a maid
She said true love is better than none, my dear,
She said true love is better than none.
In Autumn he courted her night and day
And he sent her fine presents to have
But she would not have him for all of his gold
All his fine things she sent them away, my dear,
All his fine things she sent them away.
At Yuletide, he asked her to sit by his side
And to care for his houses and lands
But she would remain in her cottage for one
Her heart she would keep for her own true love
Her heart she would keep for her own.
In Springtime, she saw him alone on the lane
And it broke her dear heart till she cried
As he sat by the gate of her cottage for one
She could see only love in his eyes, my dear,
She could see only love in his eyes.
I care not for the gold that you'd give unto me
Nor for all of the honor and fame
I care not for your land or your fine great house
But it's you I will love till I die, my dear
It is you I will love till I die!
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