Maria and William

DESCRIPTION: William seduces Maria. After her baby is born William scorns her until he sees her dancing with another. Jealous, he gives her poison in a glass of wine. He also takes the poison and they die. She says, "It's all for your sweet sake I died."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle)
KEYWORDS: seduction rejection homicide childbirth suicide dancing wine lover
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South,West))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 88, "Maria and William" (1 text)
Hamer-GarnersGay, p. 53, "Down the Green Groves" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1478
cf. "Oxford City" [Laws P30] (theme: poison in a glass of wine)
NOTES [51 words]: The last half of Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle is "Oxford City" ["Poison in a Glass of Wine"] from the woman's point of view. Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle includes a pair of lines close to a pair found in "Oxford City": "He saw me dancing with some other, Jealousy came in his mind." Roud lumps both songs. - BS
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