False Lover (I), The

DESCRIPTION: "When I was young, I was well beloved By all young men... When I was blooming... This false young man he decieved me." The girl tells how the false lover abandoned her, hopes for better fortune, and wants God to bring him to trial for his falsehood
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: love betrayal
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan6 1173, "When I Was Young I Was Well Beloved" (4 texts, 2 tunes)
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 496, "Love It Is Easing" (1 text)
SHenry H790, p. 383, "The False Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1075
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth c.18(132), "Wheel of Fortune" ("When I was young I was much beloved"), unknown, no date
NOTES: The notes in Henry/Huntington/Herrmann list this as a variant of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Love is Pleasing." Similarly Roud. The theme, of course, is the same as the latter (but that's commonplace). It has only a half stanza in common with "Wheel of Fortune," and less than that in common with "Love is Pleasing." It's at least as close to "Dear Companion." I firmly believe it's a separate song. - RBW
Wiltshire-WSRO includes floating verses: "love is teasing", "I left my father ... all for the sake of you" and "like a star on a winter's morning." - BS
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