Iron Door, The [Laws M15]

DESCRIPTION: When the rich girl falls in love with a poor boy, her father locks her in a iron-doored prison. Her lover breaks in and sneaks her out (in men's clothing), but they meet her father. The boy prepares to die, but the father gives in
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.18(240))
KEYWORDS: love prison escape mercy father
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South,Lond),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland Canada(Mar,Newf) US(NE)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws M15, "The Iron Door"
GreigDuncan5 1003, "Mary and her Servant Man" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 220-221, "Her Servant Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 610, "Twas of a Damsel Fair and Handsome" (1 text)
BroadwoodCarols, pp. 38-39, "The Young Servant Man or The Two Affectionale Lovers" (1 text, 1 tune)
RoudBishop #69, "The Daughter in the Dungeon" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H668, pp. 444-445, "Love Laughs at Locksmiths" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-More 61, "The Young Serving Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Tunney-SongsThunder, pp. 100-101, "Mary Ann" (1 text)
Kennedy 161, "The Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 17-19, "Mountain Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 590-591, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 84, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-Maritime, p. 54, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (2 texts, 1 tune)
DT 580, IRONDOOR

Roud #539
RECORDINGS:
Mrs. Thomas Walters, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth c.18(240), "Mary Ann and Her Servant Man" ("It's of a damsel both fair and handsome"), J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Harding B 11(2338), 2806 b.11(22), "Mary Ann and Her Servant Man"; Harding B 11(2339), "Mary Ann, and Her Servan [sic] Man"
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Locks and Bolts" [Laws M13] (theme: girl locked away by father) and references there
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Daughter in the Dungeon
Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door
NOTES: I'm sure it's not related, but it's interesting to note that Johannes Gutenberg (yes, that Gutenberg) was once involved with a girl names Ennelin zur Yserin Thüaut;re (in modern German, Annalein zur Eiseren Tüaut;r, or Little Anna of the Iron Door). Ennelin, or her mother, was apparently after him for breach of promise of marriage. (Source: John Man, Gutenberg, pp. 57-59). - RBW
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