Flower of France and England, O, The

DESCRIPTION: "As I was on my rambles, I came from Dover to Carlisle..." The singer goes to "The Grapes" to lodge. One of the serving girls is very pretty -- "the flower of France and England,O"; they are much attracted to each other and before long are married
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1876 (Christie)
KEYWORDS: beauty courting marriage travel
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig #134, p. 1, "The Flower of France and England O" (1 text plus 1 fragment, the complete text being from Christie)
GreigDuncan4 719, "The Flower of France and England" (2 texts)
Ord, pp. 188-190, "The Flower of France and England, O" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1881 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol II, pp. 42-43, "The Flower of France and England, O" (1 tune)

Roud #5532
cf. "Corbshill" (tune, per GreigDuncan4)
cf. "The Banks of Sweet Dundee" (tune, per GreigDuncan4)
One Night in My Parading
NOTES [96 words]: Most scholars believe that the reference in the third line of the song to the town being "full of rebels" refers to the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (and Prince Charles's army did indeed spend time in Carlisle). But there is no other hint of this, and indeed, there were earlier conflicts (going back to the Wars of the Roses and even before) which might cause the singer to find "rebels" (i.e. people who disagreed with his politics) in Carlisle. - RBW
Greig/GreigDuncan4 have the "rebels" line as "The place being full of revels"; Christie, with the usual caveats, has "rebels." - BS
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