Row Well Ye Marriners


Row Well Ye Marriners

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English, Country Dance Tune. The air was published in John Playford's English Dancing Master (London, 1651, and all subsequent editions), Thomas Robinson's Schoole of Musicke (1603), and D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707). The original ballad, now lost, appears in the registers of the Stationers' Company as early as 1565-6. There are some similarities with the Welsh tune “Meillionen,” of more recent vintage.

"Row Well Ye Mariners" was one of the country dance tunes recorded by the Victor band in 1915 at Camden, New Jersey, arranged by English folk song and dance collector Cecil Sharp, who was visiting America at the time. Sharp received "session supervisor" credits for the recording.


Row Well Ye Marriners from Dancing Master.jpg
Lyrics to As One Without Refuge, set to Row Well, Ye Mariners.pdf



“Row Well Ye Marriners,” Execution Ballads, accessed April 25, 2024,

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