Bold Fisherman, The [Laws O24]

DESCRIPTION: The fisherman comes to court the lady. Having tied up his boat, he takes her hand and removes his coat. This reveals three golden chains. Seeing that he is rich, the lady asks forgiveness for calling him a fisherman. The two go home and are married
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3114))
KEYWORDS: fishing marriage courting money
FOUND IN: US(NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(Lond,South,West),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Laws O24, "The Bold Fisherman"
Greig #179, p. 2, "The Rover of the Sea" (1 text)
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 110, "As I Walked Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Butterworth/Dawney, p. 5, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 282, "Bold Fisherman" (1 text)
CopperSeason, pp. 254-255, "The Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
RoudBishop #21, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan4 834, "The Rover of the Sea" (1 text)
Reeves-Circle 12, "The Bold Fisherman" (2 texts)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 218-219, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 112-114, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 603-604, "The Young Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 692-693, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text)
PBB, "The Royal Fisherman" (1 text)
Sharp-100E 42, "The Bold Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 483, FISHBOLD*

Roud #291
RECORDINGS:
Harry Cox, "The Bold Fisherman" (on Voice01)
Leonard Hulan, "The Young Fisherman" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3114), "The Bold Fisherman," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Johnson Ballads 596; Harding B 11(840)=B 11(841), "The Bold Fisherman," H. Such (London), 1863-1885
NOTES: The notes in Butterworth/Dawney point out that several scholars see a link to the legend of the Fisher King. I frankly don't see it. The point of the legend of the Fisher King is not the fishing, nor the wealth, but the unhealed injury. - RBW
Since there are readings of this ballad "as a medieval allegory symbolizing the mystical union of Christ (the fisher king) and the soul" (Reeves-Circle citing Lucy Broadwood), note that the broadsides do not follow that line. Bodleian Harding B 11(840), for example, has "He took her by the lily white hand, It was his full intent; Then he untied her morning gown, And gently laid her down, There she beheld a chain of gold Hang dangling three times round." - BS
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