Peggy and the Soldier (The Lame Soldier) [Laws P13]
DESCRIPTION: Peggy leaves her husband and child to go with a soldier who offers her gold and a high life. The two soon quarrel; the soldier beats her and sends her back to her husband. She arrives home and begs her husband to take her back; he rejects her
EARLIEST DATE: before 1675 (broadside, Bodleian Douce Ballads 2(208a)); a song with this name was in William Thackeray's broadside catalog by 1690
KEYWORDS: infidelity separation soldier rejection family
FOUND IN: US(MW) Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Laws P13, "Peggy and the Soldier (The Lame Soldier)"
Lomax-Singing, pp. 164-165, "The Lame Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan6 1129, "The Old Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
DallasCruel, pp. 94-95, "Peggy and the Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
BBI, ZN1517, "It was a brave souldier that long liv'd in Wars"
DT 497, LAMESLDR* LAMESLD2
Bodleian, Douce Ballads 2(208a), "The Souldier and Peggy" ("It was a brave souldier that long liv'd at wars"), F. Coles (London), 1663-1674; also Harding B 39(151), Douce Ballads 2(209b), "The Souldier and Peggy"
cf. "Rosie Anderson" (plot)
cf. "The Brewer Laddie" (plot)
NOTES [15 words]: In the Bodleian broadsides and GreigDuncan6, at least, Peggy's husband takes her back. - BS
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