Blanche Comme la Niege (White as Snow)

DESCRIPTION: French. A lady is taken home by a captain. They eat before making love, but she falls dead during the meal. She is buried in her father's garden. When her father comes, she calls him to open her tomb: She has pretended to be dead to save her honor.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1959 (Peacock)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage courting sex virginity escape beauty trick burial father
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Peacock, pp. 174-178, "Blanche Comme la Niege" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
Lomax-Singing, pp. 182-183, "Blanche Comme la Niege" (1 French text plus English translation, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, _Folk Songs of Quebec (Chansons de Quebec)_, Waterloo Music Company, 1957, pp. 30-31, "Blanche Comme la Neige (White as a Snowflake)" (1 French text plus English translation, 1 tune)

RECORDINGS:
Anita Best, "Blanche Comme la Neige" (on NFABest01)
Mme Arthur Felix, "Blanche Comme la Niege" (on PeacockCDROM)

ALTERNATE TITLES:
La Belle Qui Fait la Morte Pour Son Honneur Garder
NOTES: In Peacock's version there is only one lady rather than three. In some versions one lady, white as snow and beautiful as day, falls asleep on a bed of roses and three captains come courting. - BS
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