The Snow It Melts The Soonest

Oh the snow it melts the soonest
When the winds begin to sing
And the corn it ripens fastest
When the frost is setting in
When a young man tells me that
My face he’ll soon forget
Before we part, I’ll tell him now:
He’ll be fain to follow yet

Oh the snow it melts the soonest
When the winds begin to sing
And the swallow skims without a thought
As long as it is spring
But when spring goes and winter blows
My love, then you’ll be fain
For all your pride to follow me
Were it cross the stormy main

Oh the snow it melts the soonest
When the winds begin to sing
And the bee that flew when summer shone
In winter, he won’t sing
And all the flowers in all the land
So brightly there they’ll be
For the snow it melts the soonest
When my true love’s for me

So never say me farewell here
No farewell I’ll receive
You can see me to the stile
Where you’ll kiss and take your leave
And I’ll wait here til the woodcock crows
And the marten takes its leave
For the snow it melts the soonest
When the winds begin to sing

Trad, arr T Ashworth