Sir Roland

DESCRIPTION: "When he came to his ain luve's bouir," his "fair fause luve" admits him. It is Halloween, and she kills him. At a river, she meets a knight. Only one who is faithful can cross there. She tries to ride with him, and drowns. The knight is her lover's ghost
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1829 (ChambersBallads)
KEYWORDS: death river betrayal homicide dog ghost revenge
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ChambersBallads, pp. 231-234, "Sir Roland" (1 text)
Roud #9090
NOTES: There seems to be only one text of this, from Motherwell, and it damaged -- it's not even clear why Motherwell called it "Sir Roland." It's unfortunate; there is enough left to give us the general idea of the song, and it sounds quite impressive in a spooky way. - RBW
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File: ChaB231

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