Belfast Town

DESCRIPTION: Mary is keeping sheep when Prince Dermott rides out hunting. He sees her and falls in love. When he asks her hand, she says she is too poor. He persists, and asks her mother of her ancestry. The girl proves to be Dermott's lost cousin
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting beauty family orphan marriage reunion
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H45, pp. 477-478, "Belfast Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leyden 28, "Belfast Town" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #3579
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Cavehill Diamond (I) (subject of the Cavehill Diamond)
cf. "The Cavehill Diamond (II)" (subject of the Cavehill Diamond)
cf. "Belfast Mountains (The Diamonds of Derry)" (subject of the Cavehill Diamond)
NOTES: I find myself surprised that the Catholic Irish would make so little objection to first cousins marrying. - RBW
Leyden's text seems to be SHenry H45, with its apparent misplacement of verse 2, but the tune is different. - BS
File: HHH045

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