Fisherman's Girl, The

DESCRIPTION: A poor girl is crying out in the street. She has lost parents and friends, and is left alone. As she passes a fine house, the owner calls her in. It proves to be her brother, and she is allowed to live happily there
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads fol. 119); 1847 (Journal of the Cortes)
KEYWORDS: brother mercy orphan poverty
FOUND IN: US(MW,Ro,So) Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Eddy-BalladsAndSongsFromOhio 66, "The Fisherman's Girl" (1 text)
Warner-TraditionalAmericanFolkSongsFromAnneAndFrankWarnerColl 144, "The Fisherman's Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #100, "The Fisherman's Girl" (1 text)
Browne-AlabamaFolkLyric 108, "The Fisherman's Girl" (1 text, 1 tune, with the first verse being from "All Around My Hat (I)" and the rest being "The Fisherman's Girl")
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #54, p. 2, ("Down in the lowlands a poor girl did wander") (1 text)
Greig/Duncan5 1077, "The Fisherman's Girl" (1 text)
Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang, pp. 241-242, "A Fisherman's Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #1900, p. 128, "The Poor Little Fisherman's Girl" (1 reference)
cf. Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan, p. 479, "The Fisherman's Girl" (source notes only)

ST E066 (Full)
Roud #2809
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads fol. 119, "The Poor Little Fisherman's Girl" ("It was down in the country a poor girl was weeping"), J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 16(208c), Firth c.12(328), Firth c.12(328), "The Poor Little Fisherman's Girl"; Firth c.12(447), "The Fisherman's Girl"
NLScotland, APS.4.86.5, "The Fisherman's Girl" ("Down in the Country A poor girl did wander"), unknown, c.1830

cf. "The Soldier's Poor Little Boy" [Laws Q28] (plot)
cf. "The Fisherman's Boy" [Laws Q29] (plot and some lines)
cf. "The Farmer's Boy" [Laws Q30] (plot)
cf. "The Poor Smuggler's Boy" (plot)
cf. "The Orphan" (theme)
File: E066

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