Child Maurice [Child 83]

DESCRIPTION: Child Maurice sends his page with love-tokens to "the very first woman that ever loved me." Her husband hears the page, finds Child Maurice, kills him, and brings the head to his wife. She reveals this was her son; he repents his murder. (They also die.)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1765 (Percy)
KEYWORDS: death family mother wife children homicide revenge
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord)) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Child 83, "Child Maurice" (7 texts)
Bronson 83, "Child Maurice" (7 versions+1 in addenda)
BronsonSinging 83, "Child Maurice" (4 versions: #1, #4, #5, #7)
ChambersBallads, pp. 101-106, "Gil Morrice" (1 text)
Lyle-Crawfurd1 2, "Bob Norrice" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #115, p. 1, "Gill Morice" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 113-117, "Gil Morice"; pp. 117-120, "Chield Morice"; pp. 120-122, "Childe Maurice"; pp. 122-123, "Child Noryce" (4 texts)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 11, "Gil Morissy" (1 text)
Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 91-103, "Gill Morrice" (2 texts, one from the folio manuscript and one being the modified version printed by Percy in the Reliques)
Flanders-Ancient2, pp. 238-245, "Child Maurice" (1 text, from "The Charms of Melody" rather than tradition)
Leach, pp. 273-277, "Child Maurice" (1 text)
OBB 47, "Childe Maurice" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 194, "Childe Maurice (Gill Morice)" (1 text)
Gummere, pp.190-194+,345 "Child Maurice" (1 text)
DT 83, GILMORIS
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume III, #203, p. 212, "Gill Morice" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #1}

Roud #53
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Sir James the Rose" [Child 213] (tune)
File: C083

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