Jolly Ploughboy (I), The

DESCRIPTION: There are "two brethren whose trades we still keep; The one was a ploughman ... The other a tender of sheep." The ploughman's year is reviewed: "we must labour from summer to spring" harvest to ploughing and sowing.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1888 (Sumner)
KEYWORDS: farming nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland-EnglishCountySongs, pp. 152-153, "The Jolly Ploughboy" (1 text, 2 tunes)
OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart1 25, "The Jolly Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Heywood Sumner, The Besom Maker (London, 1888 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 23-24, "The Jolly Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #202
NOTES [31 words]: It seems to me that I have heard a version of this with a religious sort of message, with the tender of sheep being Cain and the ploughman being Abel. But I can't remember details. - RBW
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File: BrMa152

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