Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
He once was a true love of mine
Scarborough Fair is a traditional ballad of Great Britain. The Scarborough Fair itself was an important trading venue in England — precisely in a town of Scarborough, Yorkshire — that lasted during late Middle Age. Merchants came to it from all areas of England, Norway, Denmark, the Baltic states and the Byzantine Empire.
While the phrase “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" seems odd and meaningless
(it reminds me of making pasta) it actually represents a medieval symbolism. According to a source, the herbs spoke to the imagination of medieval people as much as red roses do to us today.
This video is a version by Celtic Woman. There’s also this earlier version by Simon and Gerfunkel which is also splendid! However, this performance by Celtic Woman is able to bring the imagination of Medieval Europe :)