Shepherd Adonis, The
DESCRIPTION: "Shepherd Adonis, being weary of his sport," lies down to rest; "He wanted no riches nor wealth from the crown." Neither has he ever wanted a girl -- until he sees Betsy. He concludes that he must be in love. He proposes; they quickly marry
EARLIEST DATE: 1971 (CopperSeason)
KEYWORDS: shepherd courting marriage
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
CopperSeason, pp. 258-259, "Shepherd of the Downs" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 39(189), "The contented lovers: or A pleasant courtship, between a shepherd and a nymph," L. How (London), 18th century?
NOTES: This clearly originated as a broadside, "The Shepherd Adonis." Of course, no shepherd was ever named Adonis; this was obviously composed by a poet with more classical training than brains. But, for some reason, the folk adopted it. - RBW
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