Squire and the Gipsy, The

DESCRIPTION: A squire meets a Gypsy. He forgets his upbringing, swearing he'll marry her. She offers to tell his fortune; he tells her he knows it: she's to be his bride. She asks if he's trying to insult her; there's more honesty in the lowly than the aristocracy
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1953 (recorded from Harry Cox)
LONG DESCRIPTION: A young squire, straying alone in the countryside, meets a lovely Gypsy lass. He forgets his upbringing, swearing he'll marry her. She offers to tell his fortune; he tells her he already knows it: she is to be his bride. She asks if he's trying to insult her with his "grand proposal", saying she lives a light-hearted and contented life, and that there's more honesty in the poor and lowly than in the aristocracy
KEYWORDS: poverty pride courting love marriage rejection beauty lover Gypsy
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Kennedy 355, "The Squire and the Gypsy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #1628
RECORDINGS:
Harry Cox, "The Squire and the Gypsy" (on HCox01)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Gypsy Maid, The (The Gypsy's Wedding Day)" [Laws O4] (theme)
cf. "The Laird o Cockpen" (theme)
cf. "The Weaver's Daughter" (theme)
File: K355

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