William Hall (The Brisk Young Farmer) [Laws N30]

DESCRIPTION: William's parents send him to sea to get him away from his sweetheart, whom they dislike. After a long journey he returns to find his love does not recognize him. He says William is dead. She grieves; he reveals himself and they are married
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety)
KEYWORDS: ship separation marriage reunion
REFERENCES (20 citations):
Laws N30, "William Hall (The Brisk Young Farmer)"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 156-160, "William Hall" (3 texts)
Randolph 46, "The Brisk Young Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Abrahams/Riddle-ASingerAndHerSongs, pp. 29-30, "Brisk Young Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wyman/Brockway-LonesomeSongs-KentuckyMountains-Vol1, p. 100, "William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hudson-FolksongsOfMississippi 40, pp. 154-155, "William Hall" (1 text)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 84, "William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-1ed, pp. 78-80, "William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-2ed, pp. 43-46, "William Hall" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Scarborough-ASongCatcherInSouthernMountains, pp. 265-266, "William Hall" (1 text, with local title "A Soldier Boy" and opening with several stanzas from "Pretty Fair Maid (The Maiden in the Garden; The Broken Token)" [Laws N42]; tune on pp. 425-426)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 171, "William Hall" (6 texts, 6 tunes)
Thomas-DevilsDitties, pp. 84-85, "The Brisk Young Farmer, or William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 330, "William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida, #188, "William Hall" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Sharp/Karpeles-EightyEnglishFolkSongs 33, "William Hall" (1 text, 1 tune -- a composite version)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 96, "William Hall" (2 texts, 1 text)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol1, pp. 54-55, "The Brisk Young Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pound-AmericanBalladsAndSongs, 29, pp. 71-72, "The Rich Young Farmer" (1 text)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 54, "The Rich Young Farmer" (1 text)

Roud #400
cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there
File: LN30

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