Susannah Clargy [Laws P33]
DESCRIPTION: Susannah vows to be true to the widow's son; they break a ring as a token. Some months later she agrees to marry another man; she scorns the widow's son. He kills himself; that night his ghost comes to claim Susannah
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: ghost brokentoken courting marriage suicide
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Laws P33, "Susannah Clargy"
SharpAp 185, "Susannah Clargy" (1 text, 1 tune)
BBI, ZN3179, "Young lovers most discrete and wise"
DT 511, SUSCLRGY
cf. "A Gentleman of Exeter (The Perjured Maid)" [Laws P32] (plot)
cf. "The Ghost's Bride" (plot)
cf. "Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogene" (plot)
cf. "Skon Jungfrun Hon Gangar Sig Till Sogsta Berg (The Pretty Maid Climbs the Highest Mountain)" (plot)
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