Chieftain's Daughter, The
DESCRIPTION: Lord Ronald's daughter asks the boatman to "row me over the flowing tide ... Thou shalt have gold when I'm a bride." At first he refuses because of the "angry water" but he agrees when told who she is. The boatman gets his gold.
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: escape river gold storm father money
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #40, p. 2, "The Chieftain's Daughter" (1 text)
GreigDuncan6 1261, "The Chieftain's Daughter" (1 text)
cf. "Lord Ullin's Daughter" (theme)
NOTES: Greig: "Clearly this has some connection with Campbell's famous ballad of 'Lord Ullin's Daughter' [which opens 'A Chieftain, to the Highlands bound, Cries, 'Boatman, do not tarry! And I'll give thee a silver pound To row us o'er the ferry!', Charles W. Eliot, editor, English Poetry Vol II From Collins to Fitzgerald (New York, 1910), #455, pp. 773-775 (Thomas Campbell)]" In that poem Lord Ullin's daughter and her lover are fleeing from her father's men; the boatman takes them "not for your silver bright; But for your winsome lady."
The opening lines of GreigDuncan6 ("Boatman, boatman, row me over, Row me over the flowing tide") are obviously related to "Row Us Over the Tide" but there seems to be no other connection. - BS
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