Come All You Jolly Ploughboys (Here's April, Here's May; The Two Brothers)

DESCRIPTION: "Come all you jolly ploughboys, Come help me to sing." "There once was two brothers... One was a shepherd,,, The other a planter of corn." "Here's April, here's May... It's a pleasure to see the corn grow." The singer praises ploughboys and their life
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (Butterworth/Dawney)
KEYWORDS: farming work nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Butterworth/Dawney, p. 33, "Ploughboy's Glory" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-Painful, #22, "The Jolly Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
CopperSeason, pp. 214-215, "Two Young Brethren" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #202
NOTES: The notes in Butterworth/Dawney link this with "The Painful Plow." But the only links I can see is that both are about plowing and have some Biblical references. In this case, the reference to "Two brothers... one was a shepherd, a tender of sheep, And the other was a planter of corn" is obviously to Cain and Abel, from chapter 4 of Genesis. - RBW
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