Bervie's Bowers

DESCRIPTION: "Bervie's bowers are bonnie." The singer loves "the flower o' Bervie's toon." Her father locks the door at night and keeps the keys but she lets her lover in. She has a baby. "Lang lang tarries the yellow-haired lad that gaed oot by the break o' day"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1881 (Christie)
KEYWORDS: sex seduction pregnancy abandonment nightvisit
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #134, pp. 1-2, "Bervie's Bowers" (1 text)
GreigDuncan4 789, "Bervie's Bowers" (7 texts, 8 tunes)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1881 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol II, p. 86, ("Oh, Bervie's bow'rs are bonny") [one verse]

Roud #6157
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Bervie Braes Are Bonnie, and the Waters Roon Aboot
The Bonnie Banks of Tay
File: GrD4789

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