Three Brothers from Spain (Knights of Spain, We Are Three Jews)

DESCRIPTION: "We are three (brothers/dukes/knights/jews) come from Spain, Come to court your daughter Jane." "My daughter Jane is yet too young...." "It is for gold she must be sold." The (knight) turns away. The mother calls him back; he chooses the fairest
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1784 (Joseph Ritson, _Gammer Gurton's Garland: or, The Nursery Parnassus_, according to Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: courting beauty playparty
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE) Britain(England,Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1569, "We Are Three Lovers Come From Spain" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 199, "Two Brethren Come From Spain" (1 text)
Opie-Game 12, "Three Brethren out of Spain"; Opie-Game 13, pp. 103-107, "Three Brethren Come from Spain (Scots version)" (11 texts, 2 tunes)
Newell, #1, "Knights of Spain" (2 texts plus many excerpts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #633, pp. 250-251, "(We're three Brethren out of Spain)"
Behan, #88, "There Came Three Jews" (1 text, 1 tune, modified)
(DT, THREDUKE mixes this with "Three Dukes")
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #353, "Three Knights from Spain" (1 text)

Roud #8251
cf. "Three Dukes" (plot)
NOTES: This has some points of similarity with "Three Dukes," and it appears some scholars have lumped them. But even Roud, who is generally a lumper, splits them, and I do so without hesitation. - RBW
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File: BGMG633

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