DESCRIPTION: "Oh! many a time I am sad at heart." Boys come to court Maggie "but I tell them they needn't come wooing to me." Her secret is that she loves a sailor: "my heart is over the sea." His mother guesses her secret and approves.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 15(180a)); Edwin Wolf 2nd, _American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870_, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 92, lists two American broadsides that are probably earlier
KEYWORDS: courting love separation mother sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
O'Conor, pp. 143-144, "Maggie's Secret" (1 text)
Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 292, "Maggie's Secret" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1356, p. 92, "Maggie's Secret" (2 references)
Bodleian, Harding B 15(180a), "Maggie's Secret", H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Harding B 11(1663), Firth b.26(257), "Maggie's Secret"
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