DESCRIPTION: "Bristol Town, as I heard tell, A rich merchant there did dwell." His daughter loves a sailor. The father tells a servant to kill the sailor. The servant instead tells the sailor to hide. When the father dies, the girl and the sailor marry.
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting sailor father trick death reunion marriage servant
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
BroadwoodCarols, pp. 10-15, 114-115, "Bristol Town" (1 text plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
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