Silly Doe, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer, "a silly doe, From Elford town I strayed." The master has his keeper take his hounds to chase her down "for leaving of the bounds." The chase goes "for many miles" and she is caught, cut, and murdered by the Duke of Cornwall.
EARLIEST DATE: 1892 (Reeves-Circle)
KEYWORDS: death hunting animal dog
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Reeves-Circle 119, "The Silly Doe" (1 text)
NOTES [61 words]: Reeves-Circle: "Chasing the doe is a common metaphor for sexual pursuit, and may have been used as a disguise for a local scandal involving an important personage." - BS
Given that the Duke of Cornwall is one of the titles of the Prince of Wales, I'd say so! Perhaps a story about one of those notorious womanizers, the future George IV or the future Edward VII? - RBW
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