Deaf Woman's Courtship, The

DESCRIPTION: An old man comes to an old woman and asks her is she will (mend his jacket). She says she cannot hear him. He asks about other mundane tasks. She still can't hear him. He asks her to marry. She says, "I hear you now quite clearly"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1776 (Herd MS.)
KEYWORDS: age courting humorous questions
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,NE,SE,So) Britain(England,Scotland) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (16 citations):
Belden, p. 265, "Hard of Hearing" (1 text)
Randolph 353, "Old Woman, Old Woman" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Eddy 136, "Old Woman, Old Woman" (1 text)
BrownII 187, "Hard of Hearing" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 187, "Hard of Hearing" (2 excerpts, 2 tunes)
Moore-Southwest 105, "The Deaf Woman's Courtship" (1 text, 1 tune)
SharpAp 178, "The Deaf Woman's Courtship" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp/Karpeles-80E 54, "Old Woman (The Deaf Woman's Courtship)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Boswell/Wolfe 78, pp. 128-129, "Old Woman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 243-244, "The Deaf Woman's Courtship" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
Opie-Oxford2 535, "Old woman, old woman, shall we go a-shearing?" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #94, p. 89, "(Old woman, old woman, shall we go a-shearing?)"
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 168, "(Old wife, old wife)" (1 short text)
Chase, pp. 136-137, "The Deaf Woman's Courtship" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Roger deV. Renwick, _Recentering Anglo/American Folksong: Sea Crabs and Wicked Youths_, University Press of Mississippi, 2001, p.74, "Hard of Hearing" (1 text)

Roud #467
File: R353

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