River Roe (III), The
DESCRIPTION: A nobleman's son meets a servant maid he won't name. "But her master's habitation is on the river Roe." He proposes. She promises to meet him the next day. They meet, she agrees, and they marry the next evening. "She has servants to attend her"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1863 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(152))
KEYWORDS: courting marriage nobility servant river
REFERENCES (1 citation):
O'Conor, pp. 47-48, "The River Roe" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(152), "The River Roe", H. Such (London), 1849-1862; also 2806 b.9(236), 2806 b.11(202), Harding B 19(79), 2806 c.15(78), Harding B 26(578), 2806 b.11(230), 2806 b.11(206), "The River Roe"
NOTES: A number of Bodleian broadsides have dropped the first two lines (something like "As I went out one evening all in the month of May, When Flora's flowering mantle had deck'd the meadow gay", or lines ending in "June" and "bloom") and start with the third line in O'Conor: "I espied a lovely fair one, and her did not know." - BS
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