Sixteen Years, Mama

DESCRIPTION: The daughter says that at 16 it is time she was wed. The mother offers her daughter a sheep instead; daughter would weep. Mother offers a cow; daughter would frown. Mother offers a man; daughter says "as soon as ever you can... Married I'd like to be"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1977 (IRClare01,Voice15)
KEYWORDS: dialog mother bargaining animal
FOUND IN: Ireland
Roud #12942
Mary Delaney, "Fourteen Last Sunday" (on IRTravellers01)
Mikey Kelleher, "Daughter, Dearest Daughter" (on IRClare01)
Tom Lenihan, "Sixteen Years, Mama" (on Voice15)

cf. "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" (subject)
cf. "Lazy Mary" ("She Won't Get Up") (subject)
cf. "The Maid's Complaint to her Mother" (theme)
NOTES [38 words]: This is "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle" without the whistle.
The last verse of Mikey Kelleher's "Daughter, Dearest Daughter" on IRClare01 is the "father and mother in yonder bed do lie" verse from "Blow the Candle Out" [Laws P17]. - BS
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File: Rc16YrsM

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