Sprig of May, The

DESCRIPTION: In May the singer walks "across the dreary moor" and meets a maid who wanted "to marry me." He crosses a flowery field and breaks his finger. She says, "I should like to see You break your finger to pleasure me." "One sprig of May made her belly swell."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Reeves-Circle)
KEYWORDS: sex pregnancy flowers bawdy
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Reeves-Circle 123, "The Sprig of May" (1 text)
Roud #2452
NOTES: Reeves-Circle: "Just as the 'sprig of thyme' is a metaphorical representation of chastity, so 'sprig of may' represents wantonness. The metaphorical character of 'dreary moor,' the 'flowery field,' and the finger-breaking is obvious enough." - BS
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