Edwin and Mary

DESCRIPTION: "When the proud British foe was invading the soil, Oppressing the young men of freedom and toil, Edwin bid his fair Mary adieu." He sets out "to fight over the waves." After long absence, Mary laments him; he "rushed from his ambush" to comfort her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (Chappell)
KEYWORDS: love separation war reunion
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Chappell-FolkSongsOfRoanokeAndTheAlbermarle 65, "Edwin and Mary" (1 text)
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, pp.142-143, "The Dark British Foes" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rickaby/Dykstra/Leary-PineryBoys-SongsSongcatchingInLumberjackEra 55, "The Dark British Foes" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #9070
NOTES [57 words]: Although this starts with a mention of British invaders, it continues with an account of the young man fighting on or across the ocean. Given how small the American navy was in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, I have to suspect that this is a slightly patched up British song (very likely, given its ornateness, a broadside). - RBW
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