Rin-o-dine (OT2003-3012-003)

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Rin-o-dine (OT2003-3012-003)

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Reynardine [Laws P15]


Song excerpted from audio recording OT2003-3012, part of VFC2003-0007 Margaret MacArthur Collection.



Margaret MacArthur Collection -- VFC2003-0007. Vermont Folklife Center Archive, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, Vermont, United States of America.

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VFC2003-0007 OT2003-3012-003

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One evening as I rambled two miles below Pimroy
I met a farmer's daughter all on the mountains I
I said my pretty fair maiden your beauty shines most clear
Upon these lonesome mountains, I'm glad to meet you here

She said young man be civil, my company forsake
For to my great opinion, I fear you are a rake
And if my parents this should know, my life they would destroy
For keeping of your company all on the mountains high

He said my dear I am no rake, I'm brought up in Venus train
I'm looking for concealment, all in the judge's name
Your beauty has ensnared me, I cannot pass you by
And with my gun I'll guard you all on the mountains high

The pretty little thing she fell in to amaze
With eyes as bright as amber upon me she did gaze
Her ruby lips and pearly cheeks had lost their former dye
And then she fell into my arms all on the mountains high

I had but kissed her once or twice when she came to again
And modestly as she said to me, "pray what is your name?"
If you go to yonder forest, my castle there you'll find
'Tis wrote in ancient history, my name is Reynodine

    My name is Reynodine,
    My name is Reynodine,
    'Tis wrote in ancient history, my name is Reynodine
He my dearest maiden, don't let you parents know
For if you do they'll cause my ruin and prove my fatal overthrow
But when you come to look for me perhaps you'll not decline
But I'll be in my castle, and call for Reynodine

    And call for Reynodine,
    And call for Reynodine,
    And I'll be in my castle, and call for Reynodine

Now all you pretty fair maidens, take my advice from me
Be sure you quit night-walking and shun bad company
For if you do you'll sure to rue until the day you die
And beware of meeting Reynodine all on the mountains high

    All on the mountains high,
    All on the mountains high,
    Beware of meeting Reynodine all on the mountains high
References used during transcription:
  • Margaret C. MacArthur “The Search for More Songs from the Hills of Vermont,” Country Dance and Song, Vol. 11/12, 1981, pp. 5-19 (with Anthony G. Barrand). Available online at http://www.cdss.org/tl_files/cdss/newsletter_archives/supplements/summer%202011_coldbrook_macarthur.pdf
  • "Renardine," "Reynordine," or "Reynardine," typewritten lyrics sung by James Atwood's father-in-law Samuel Botolph, transcribed by Edith Sturgis, owned by Margaret MacArthur who added annotations drawn from a notebook belonging to Fred Atwood. Both the typewritten lyrics and the notebook are archived at the Vermont Folklife Center.
  • Correspondence owned by MacArthur archived at the VFC with the Sturgis transcription suggests the following explanation for the phrase "Venus train" in the song: "'Venus' train' means the court or train of the goddess of love, Venus, who became the metaphoric symbol for dissolute and sensual living. She was pictured as a wanton queen who led her court through reckless debauch which corrupted not only the revellers but all those witch [sic] they came in contact."






Atwood, Fred, “Rin-o-dine (OT2003-3012-003),” Vermont Folklife Center Digital Collections, accessed December 3, 2022, https://vtfolklifearchive.org/collections/items/show/1122.

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