Cupid the Plowboy [Laws O7]

DESCRIPTION: The singer sees a youth breaking up the soil. She calls him "Cupid the plowboy," imagines his farm tools to be Cupid's arrows, and confesses that seeing "Cupid" has driven her current love from her mind. The plowboy hears her lament and offers marriage
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1844 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(773))
KEYWORDS: love marriage work
FOUND IN: US(So) Canada(Newf) Britain(England(Lond,North,South))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Laws O7, "Cupid the Plowboy"
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 26, "Cupid the Ploughboy" (2 texts)
Palmer-FolkSongsCollectedBy-Ralph-VaughanWilliams, #106, "Cupid the Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #22, "Cupid the Pretty Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brocklebank/Kindersley-DorsetBookOfFolkSongs, p. 15, "Cupid the Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 79, "The Plowboy" (1 text)
Randolph 85, "Lone the Plow-Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #986
Bodleian, Harding B 11(773), "Cupid, the Pretty Ploughboy" ("As I walk'd out one May morning"), J. Howe (Hull), 1835-1843; also Harding B 25(457), Firth c.18(231), "Cupid the Pretty Ploughboy"; Harding B 17(67a), "Cupid the Pretty Plough Boy"; Harding B 11(772), Firth c.18(169), "Cupid the Pretty Plough-boy"
cf. "The Rich Lady Gay" (plot)
File: LO07

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