Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle, The [Laws H29]

DESCRIPTION: The singer comes upon a beautiful girl hard at work. Poor as she is, she vows to keep hard at work until her lover returns to her. The singer reveals himself as her lover; the two are married
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield); c.1910 (Moulden)
KEYWORDS: courting love disguise
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Laws H29, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle"
Greenleaf/Mansfield 133, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 598-599, "The Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 144-145, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/MacMillan 46, "Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle2, p. 73, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, p. 113, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 653, BELLISLE*
ADDITIONAL: John Moulden (indexed as Nioulden), "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle: American Native or Irish Immigrant" in _Canadian Journal for Traditional Music_, Vol. XIV, (1986 (available online at "Canadian Journal for Traditional Music" site)), ("One evening as I strayed out for pleasure") (2 texts)

Roud #2191
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there
cf. "The Green Shores of Fogo" (tune)
NOTES: Moulden: "ms of c. 1910 but which contains texts of songs that were probably learned by the singer-compiler about 1870."
Moulden contends that the reference to "St John's" in the Irish texts should be to "St John" and that, in the Irish texts, the couple emigrate to New Brunswick. He makes the Belle Isle and Lough Erin of the song Belle Isle in Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. - BS
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