DESCRIPTION: Young man, out riding, comes upon Joan. He offers her a ring/purse of gold in return for a roll in the hay; she says the ring is more use to her than 20 maidenheads. She takes the ring, then hops on his horse and rides off to her true love's gate.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: virtue seduction bargaining trick virginity
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 115, "Handsome Shone the Dairymaid"; Lyle-Crawfurd2, pp. 189-190, "Handsome Joan the Dairy Maid" (2 texts)
Sharp-100E 57, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, pp. 46-47, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 469)
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 64, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-ECS, #64, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, SWTJOAN SWTLJOAN* SWTJOAN4*
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2226), "Lovely Joan" ("A story unto you I will relate") , J. Catnach (London), 1813- 1838; also Harding B 11(4358), Firth c.21(24)[some words illegible], Harding B 11(2225), Harding B 11(797), Harding B 11(3833), Harding B 11(2227), "Lovely Joan"
cf. "The Maid and the Horse" (plot)
cf. "The Broomfield Hill" (Child 43) and references there
NOTES: Damn fool. -PJS
In Sharp's bowdlerized version, the young man asks Joan to marry him and says that the purse of gold is worth more than twenty husbands! - (PJS)
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