Seeds of Love, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer "sowed the seeds of love to bloom all in the spring." She asks the gardener to choose flowers for her; she does not like his offers, but chooses the rose. This in turn brings her to the willow tree
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1689 (cited in Sharp; first full text from Campbell, 1816)
KEYWORDS: gardening seduction
FOUND IN: US(MW) Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber)) Australia
REFERENCES (18 citations):
Eddy 28, "Once I Had Plenty of Thyme" (2 texts, 1 tune, both texts being mixed with "In My Garden Grew Plenty of Thyme")
Sharp-100E 33, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wells, pp. 271-272, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, pp. 86-87, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 372.1)
Dixon-Peasantry, Song #30, pp. 222-223, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text)
Palmer-ECS, #84, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bell-Combined, pp. 440-441, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text)
Reeves-Sharp 91, "The Seeds of Love" (6 texts)
Reeves-Circle 116B and 116C, "The Seeds of Love"; Reeves-Circle 116E, "Dead Maid's Land"; Reeves-Circle 116 note, "The Maid's Lament for the Loss of Her Maiden-head" (4 texts)
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 59, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 3 tunes)
RoudBishop #52, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #67, p. 2, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text)
GreigDuncan6 1180, "The Seeds of Love" (2 texts)
Kennedy 167, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 162-163, "The Red Rose Top" (1 text, 1 tune, linked by the authors to this tune, although it's so short it might be part of "In My Garden Grew Plenty of Thyme")
Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 55, "The Seeds of Love" (1 fragmentary text, 1 tune, with some words similar to "The Seeds of Love" though the only surviving verse looks more like a courting song)
MacSeegTrav 54, "The Seeds of Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, (THYMTH2) (RUETHYME*)

ST K167 (Partial)
Roud #3
RECORDINGS:
George Maynard, "The Seeds of Love" (on Maynard1, Voice10)
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 11(1657), "I Sowed the Seeds of Love ("I sowed the seeds of love it was all in the spring"), J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 11(3855)[many lines illegible; title damaged], "I Sow[ed the] Seeds [of love]"; Firth c.18(98), 2806 c.17(381), "Seeds of Love"
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "In My Garden Grew Plenty of Thyme" (plot, lyrics)
cf. "The Gowans Are Gay"
cf. "The Wanton Seed" (theme)
NOTES: In flower symbolism, the rose stood for love and the willow for weeping. For a catalog of some of the sundry flower symbols, see the notes to "The Broken-Hearted Gardener."
Bell-Combined reports that "the author of the song was Mrs. Fleetwood Habergham, of Habergham, in the county of Lancaster," but offers no date or supporting evidence. - RBW
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File: K167

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