William and Eliza (Lough Erin's Shore)
DESCRIPTION: Willie is a servant to an English lady on Lough Erin's shore. She falls in love with him. He says her peers will scorn her if they marry, and prepares to leave her service. She begs him to stay; they marry. She comforts him when they leave Lough Erin
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (Sam Henry collection); 19C (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.9(227))
KEYWORDS: love courting servant nobility money marriage
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain
REFERENCES (1 citation):
SHenry H597, pp. 476-477, "Lough Erne's Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, 2806 b.9(227), "William and Eliza" or "Lough Erne Shore" ("You tender young lovers, draw near"), W. Birmingham (Dublin), c.1867 ; also 2806 c.15(162), Harding B 19(3), "William and Eliza" or "Lough Erne Shore"
NOTES: In reading this, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the angry father who exiled the boy.
Chances are, if you know a song entitled "Lough Erin's Shore," then this isn't it. - RBW
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