Crow and Pie [Child 111]
DESCRIPTION: The singer woos a maid encountered in a forest. She spurns him, repeating with each refusal "the crowe shall byte yew". He takes her by force, then taunts "the pye hath peckyd yew." He refuses to marry, give money, or tell his name. All maids take warning
EARLIEST DATE: 16th century (MS. Bodleian Rawlinson C.813)
KEYWORDS: courting virtue rape bird
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Child 111, "Crow and Pie" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Karin Boklund-Lagopolou, _I have a yong suster: Popular song and Middle English lyric_, Four Courts Press, 2002, pp. 90-93 "(No title)" (1 text)
MANUSCRIPT: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Rawlinson C.813, folio 27
NOTES [99 words]: According to Karin Boklund-Lagopolou, I have a yong suster: Popular song and Middle English lyric, Four Courts Press, 2002, p. 90, the manuscript which contains this, Bodleian Rawlinson C.813, opens with an "amateur collection of lyrics from the sixteenth century. Love poetry predominated." This is item #44 in the manuscript, which does not give it a title. Boklund-Lagopolou, p. 92, compares it to the Holly-and-Ivy competition songs.
It's interesting (to me, at least) that the two birds referred to in the song, crow and magpie, are probably the two most intelligent types in Britain. - RBW
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