Pity a Maiden
DESCRIPTION: A maiden in Bedlam blames her ruin on the press-master that took her Billy. She dreams that her work in Bedlam would allow her to fit out a man of war and go to him. She gets a letter from Billy saying he hopes to return and free her.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1820 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(1502))
KEYWORDS: madness love war prison death father mother
Bodleian, Harding B 25(1502), "Pity a Maiden" (Pity an innocent maiden in Bedlam I lay confin'd"), J. Pitts (London), 1820-1824
cf. "Nancy's Complaint in Bedlam" (theme of a maid in Bedlam) and references there
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