is one of three songs that I found at Yorkshire Garland
to beef up my repertoire of Yorkshire songs. The other two are The Buffer Girls Song
and My Bonny Yorkshire Lass
Despite the fact that actual Sheffield Park is in the county of Sussex, the gentle folk at Yorkshire Garland have it that this is a traditional song about Yorkshire, collected in Yorkshire.
The song in six verses tells of Colin, a brisk young man who steals a maiden's heat. This is too much for the poor lass who begs her mistress to write a letter to him, not knowing whether he can read, about her waning health. Without waiting for an answer, the maiden wishes for a bed of leaves, a feather pillow and to be covered with leaves.
Writing in January 2021 after two COVID years, I wonder whether I will ever get around to performing this delightfully doleful, dirge in public. Who knows?