Stolen Child, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a boy playing in a field. The boy lives with gypsies. He says his parents are dead and he hopes to bring flowers to their grave.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3669))
KEYWORDS: abduction flowers death father mother orphan Gypsy
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 168-170, "The Stolen Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3669), "The Stolen Child" ("Alone on the heather a fair child was straying"), Walker (Durham), 1797-1834; also Firth b.26(334), Johnson Ballads 1131, Harding B 11(3668), Firth c.14(190), Harding B 11(2579), Harding B 15(316b), "The Stolen Child"
LOCSheet, sm1857 620050, "Alone on the Heather, or, The Stolen Child" ("Alone on the heather a fair child was straying"), Oliver Ditson (Boston), 1857 (1 text, 1 tune)
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