I had known of All Things Are Quite Silent
ever since buying The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
back in the late 1970's but it was not until I joined the Tyneside Maritime Chorus
in 2011 that I finally got around to singing it for my own pleasure having found the song in their repertoire. It is a doleful ditty, but with a pretty tune, of young woman lamenting on her husband being taken by the press gang and not knowing whether he will ever return.
It was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams
from the singer Ted Baines, Lower Beeding, Sussex in 1904.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook but not yet in my personal repertoire