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
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.