Fair Janet [Child 64]

DESCRIPTION: (Janet/Annet/Maisry) loves Sweet Willie, but is told by her father she must marry a French lord. She bears Willie's child and has him take it to his mother. At her wedding she hasn't strength to dance, but dances with Willie and dies. (Willie dies.)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: love pregnancy marriage childbirth dancing death
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Child 64, "Fair Janet" (7 texts)
Bronson 64, "Fair Janet" (2 versions)
BronsonSinging 64, "Fair Janet" (1 version: #1)
ChambersBallads, pp. 219-224, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
Leach, pp. 205-208, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
GreigDuncan6 1100, "Love Willie" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 92, "Sweit Willie" (1 text)
OBB 52, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
Gummere, pp. 213-217+351-352, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
TBB 14, "Fair Janet" (1 text)
Morgan-Medieval, pp. 44-47, "Fair Janet" (1 text)

Roud #44
cf. "The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre" (tune, per GreigDuncan6)
Liv'd Ance Twa Luvers In Yon Dale
File: C064

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 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.