DESCRIPTION: "Some old Robin Down they call me/But I'm a weaver by my trade/In this fair berth, in which I'm dwelling/And Ibby Damsel my heart betrayed." Two succeeding verses praise Ibby Damsel's beauty, and note that "from her chamber I can't get free"
EARLIEST DATE: 1916 (collected from Rosie Hensley by Cecil Sharp)
KEYWORDS: captivity love betrayal beauty weaving
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
SharpAp 119, "Ibby Damsel" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [24 words]: A fragment, but it just avoids nonballad status by its hint of a narrative. There are no further notes on this song in Sharp's collection. - PJS
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