Monthly Rose, The
DESCRIPTION: Man and woman compare each other, privately, to a diamond or pearl, a rose, and so on. She is afraid "another will enjoy him." He overhears her and proposes. "I'll lock the door with marriage So that none durst enter in"
EARLIEST DATE: 1875 (GreigDuncan5)
KEYWORDS: courting love marriage flowers
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #167, p. 1, "The Monthly Rose" (1 text)
GreigDuncan5 990, "The Monthly Rose" (2 texts, 1 tune)
cf. "Oh Gin My Love War a Red Rose" (some verses)
NOTES: GreigDuncan5 990A fragment: "'From MS. of George F Duncan (1875) ...." The fragment text -- "But I'm sure it will never be me; Never be me; But I'm sure it will never be me" -- does not appear in the Greig text, which is also the other GreigDuncan5 text. The editors must have included it here because of the source's memory of the drift of the song.
Greig: "From this song and another 'When you are on the sea sailing,' ... Burns evidently got material for his famous song 'Oh, my love is like a red red rose.'" See Robert Burns, The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (New Lanark,2005), p. 395, "A Red, Red Rose." - BS
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