Constant Lovers, The [Laws O41]

DESCRIPTION: The sailor promises to marry the girl after he makes one more trip. His mother threatens to disinherit him for this, but he points out that she had been a serving girl herself until his father had raised her. He promises to be faithful to the girl
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(166))
KEYWORDS: sailor travel mother promise
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Laws O41, "The Constant Lovers"
GreigDuncan6 1093, "Oh, Wait, My Mother, Ere I Tell You This" (1 fragment)
Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 110, "Sailor and the Farmer's Daughter" (1 text)
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #30, The Constant Lovers" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-Constant, pp. 18-19, "The Contant Lovers" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H634, p. 472, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-More 4, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lehr/Best 95, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-NovaScotia 49, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 44-45, "A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #993
John Thomas Powers, "A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Monica Rossiter, "The Farmer's Daughter" (on MUNFLA/Leach)

Bodleian, Harding B 28(166), "The Constant Lovers" ("A sailor courted a farmer's daughter"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 11(3519), Firth c.13(259), 2806 c.17(79), 2806 c.17(78), Harding B 11(146), Harding B 11(147), Johnson Ballads 2079, Harding B 20(235), Firth c.26(62), Firth c.12(195), Firth c.12(290), Harding B 11(678), Harding B 11(677), "The Constant Lovers"; Harding B 11(2670) [15 8-line verses], "A New Song"; Harding B 16(108d), "Hard-Hearted Mother"; Harding B 4(87)[part 1: 9 8-line verses; part 2: 10 8-line verses; 7 8-line verses], Harding B 4(88), "The Goodhurst Garland. In Three Parts"; Harding B 25(1682), "The Sailor and the Farmer's Daughter"
NLScotland, APS.4.95.15(3), "The Sailor and Farmer's Daughter," unknown, c.1830

File: LO41

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.