Maid's Complaint to her Mother, The
DESCRIPTION: A girl finds her maidenhead "a burden" and would marry. Mother says she's too young and threatens to send daughter to the fields. "Young batchellors will tempt me, and I perhaps may yield" Mother concedes. Daughter will happily marry Frank the Farmer.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd1)
LONG DESCRIPTION: A girl, sixteen, finds her maidenhead "a burden every morning" and would marry. Mother says she's seven years too young. "Thousands I have seen Married before my age." Mother says she married at nineteen. She threatens to send daughter to the fields in sack cloth. If so, says the daughter, "young batchellors will tempt me, and I perhaps may yield," so don't blame me. Mother concedes and would have the daughter marry honest Frank the Farmer. Daughter agrees happily.
KEYWORDS: marriage virginity farming bawdy dialog mother
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lyle-Crawfurd1 81, "The Maid's Complaint to her Mother"; Lyle-Crawfurd1, pp. 239-240, "The Longing Maid" (2 texts)
cf. "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (theme)
cf. "Sixteen Years, Mama" (theme)
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