Broomfield Hill, The [Child 43]

DESCRIPTION: A girl wagers with a boy that "a maid I will go to the Broomfield Hill and a maid I shall return." At home she regrets her error, but a witch tells her how to make her love sleep on the hill. She arrives on the hill, leaves a token, and wins her wager
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: magic wager sex trick witch
FOUND IN: Britain(England,Scotland) US(Ap,NE,Ro) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (28 citations):
Child 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (6 texts)
Bronson 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (30 versions -- but the last six are "The Maid on the Shore" -- plus 1 in addenda)
BronsonSinging 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (8 versions: #3, #4, #10.1, #13, #17, #20, #23, plus #27 which is "The Maid on the Shore")
Dixon-Peasantry, Ballad #14, pp. 116-119, "The Merry Broomfield, or the West Country Wager" (1 text)
Bell-Combined, pp. 297-300, "The Merry Broomfield" (1 text)
Palmer-ECS, #65, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #24, "Merry Green Broom Fields" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan2 322, "The Bonnie Broom-Fields" (2 texts)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 109, "The Bonny Brumefeils" (1 text)
Butterworth/Dawney, p. 29, "Merry Bloomfield" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, p. 75, "The Maid's Wager" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 210)
Reeves-Sharp 21, "The Broomfield Wager" (3 texts)
OShaughnessy-Lincolnshire 3, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
RoudBishop #63, "Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #21}
BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 438-442, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 songster version plus extensive notes)
Flanders-Ancient1, pp. 275-279, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #4, "The Broomfield Hill" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 150-152, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
OBB 24, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 148, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
PBB 16, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 26, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #23}
Combs/Wilgus 11, pp. 113-114, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
SHenry H135, p. 414, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 7, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morgan-Medieval, pp. 33-33-34, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #325, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)

Roud #34
George Maynard, "A Wager, A Wager" (on Maynard1)
Walter Pardon, "Broomfield Hill" (on WPardon01, HiddenE)
Cyril Poacher, "Broomfield Hill (The Broomfield Wager)" (on FSB4, FSBBAL1) (on Poacher1)

cf. "The Maid on the Shore (The Maid on the Sea Shore; The Sea Captain)" [Laws K27]
cf. "Martinmas Time"
cf. "Lovely Joan"
cf. "The Maid and the Horse"
cf. "The Sleepy Merchant" (plot)
cf. "Geaftai Bhaile Atha Bui (The Gates of Ballaghbuoy)" (plot)
The Broomfield Wager
Green Broom
The Merry Green Fields
NOTES [43 words]: For some inexplicable reason, the notes in Sam Henry claim that H133, "Bess of Ballymoney" (p. 461) is this song. I believe this is an accidental repetition of the notes on H135. - RBW
Reeves-Sharp is a composite of six texts including three fragments. - BS
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File: C043

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