Mollie and Willie

DESCRIPTION: When Mollie (?) refuses to marry Willie (?), he sets off to be a soldier. She dresses in soldier's clothes and follows him. He tells his fellow "soldier" of his love for Mollie. She starts to cry, and her identity is revealed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1945 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: love soldier cross-dressing trick reunion
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
BrownII 98, "Mollie and Willie" (1 text)
ST BrII098 (Full)
Roud #6571
NOTES: The editors of Brown speculate that this is a defective version of "Polly Oliver." I really don't see it. It looks more like "The Banks of the Nile." But the differences in the (disordered) Brown text are large enough that I treat this as a separate ballad until I find something more similar. - RBW
File: BrII098

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