Nobleman's Wedding, The (The Faultless Bride; The Love Token) [Laws P31]

DESCRIPTION: A man disguises himself to attend the wedding of the girl he loved before he went away. He sings a song that reminds her of her unfaithfulness and promises to return her love token. She swoons and returns to her mother's home. She dies before morning
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1827 (Lyle-Crawfurd1)
KEYWORDS: disguise wedding infidelity death grief hardheartedness jealousy love marriage
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber,Bord)) US(MA,MW,NE,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (24 citations):
Laws P31, "The Nobleman's Wedding (The Faultless Bride; The Love Token)"
Belden, pp. 165-166, "The Faultless Bride" (1 text)
SharpAp 105, "The Awful Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rosenbaum, p. 59, "The Famous Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #20, "The Bride's Death" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H60a, pp. 400-401, "An Old Lover's Wedding"; H60b, p. 401, "The Laird's Wedding" (2 texts, 2 tune, the second mixed with "All Around My Hat")
Graham/Holmes 56, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #24, pp. 1-2, "The Orange and Blue" (1 text); #88, p. 2, ("Oh, how could you sit at another man's table?") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan6 1199, "Down in Yon Valley" (24 texts, 14 tunes)
Ord, pp. 132-133, "The Unconstant Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd1 21, "The Penitent Bride"; Lyle-Crawfurd1, pp. 235-236, "The Wedding" (2 texts)
Stewart-Queen, pp. 124-125, "Late Last Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy 164, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Sharp 31, "Down in My Garden" (1 text)
Butterworth/Dawney, p. 4, "All Around My Hat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Circle 3, "All Round My Hat" (1 text)
Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 201, "Broken Hearted Bride" (1 text)
McBride 1, "Another Man's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 158-159, "Green Willow" (1 text, probably this piece though not so listed by Laws)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 75, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 691-697, "Nobleman's Wedding" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Karpeles-Newfoundland 30, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 142-143, "To Wear a Green Willow" (1 text)
DT 509, NOBLEWED

ST LP31 (Partial)
Roud #567
RECORDINGS:
Eddie Butcher, "Another Man's Wedding" (on Voice06, IREButcher01)
Sara Cleveland, "To Wear a Green Willow" (on SCleveland01)
Jim Rice, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Maude Thacker, "The Famous Wedding" (on FolkVisions1 -- a very confused version)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Green Grows the Laurel" ("change the green and yellow for the orange and blue") and references there
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Green Willow Tree
The Forsaken Lover
The Inconstant Lover
The False Bride
NOTES: According to Hazlitt's Dictionary of Faiths & Folklore, to wear the willow meant that one had been forsaken by a lover. For more in this theme, see the notes to "All Around My Hat (I)."
Roud lumps this with "All Around My Hat." That's *really* a stretch. - RBW
The "Awful Wedding" subgroup ("I'll tell you of an awful wedding"), despite the similarity in titles, is *not* "The Fatal Wedding." - PJS, RBW
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File: LP31

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