Trooper and Maid [Child 299]

DESCRIPTION: A trooper comes to a girl's door and convinces her to sleep with him. In the morning he is called to the colors; she follows and begs him to return or let her come with him. He will not let her come and will not promise to return
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Buchan)
KEYWORDS: courting soldier abandonment
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West,South),Scotland(Aber,Bord,High)) Ireland Canada US(Ap,MW,NE,SE,So)
REFERENCES (26 citations):
Child 299, "Trooper and Maid" (4 texts, 1 tune) {Bronson's #3}
Bronson 299, "Trooper and Maid" (27 versions)
Bronson-SingingTraditionOfChildsPopularBallads 299, "Trooper and Maid" (4 versions: #3, #12,#13, #17)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 45, "The Trooper and the Maid" (3 short texts, 3 tunes) {Bronson's #11, #12, #10}
Barry/Eckstorm/Smyth-BritishBalladsFromMaine pp. 371-373, "The Trooper and the Maid" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #14}
Randolph 41, "A Soldier Rode From the East to the West" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #8}
Randolph/Legman-RollMeInYourArms I, pp. 209-212, "A Soldier Rode" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Davis-TraditionalBalladsOfVirginia 51, "Trooper and Maid" (2 texts, 1 tune entitled "The Trooper and Maid") {Bronson's #16}
Davis-MoreTraditionalBalladsOfVirginia 46, pp. 356-360, "Trooper and Maid" (1 fragment, probably this but short enough that it might be something else)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 49, "Trooper and Maid" (1 text)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 49, "Trooper and Maid" (1 fragment plus an excerpt, 1 tune)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 60, "The Soldier's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brewster-BalladsAndSongsOfIndiana 27, "Trooper and Maid" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #9}
Gainer-FolkSongsFromTheWestVirginiaHills, pp. 102-103, "The Soldier and the Maid" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 684-686, "The Trooper and Maid" (1 text)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 10, "A Bold Dragoon" (1 text)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, pp. 22-23, "The Dragoon and the Maid" (1 slightly composite text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 121, "As I Roved Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig/Duncan7 1470, "The Trooper and the Fair Maid" (5 texts, 3 tunes) {A=Bronson's #7, B=#2, C=#4}
Greig/Duncan8 1852, "I'm Nae Awa" (1 fragment)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 365-366, "The Trumpet Sounds at Burreldales; or, The Trooper and the Maid" (1 short text)
Porter/Gower-Jeannie-Robertson-EmergentSingerTransformativeVoice #61, p. 224-225, "Three 'Stralion Dragoons (Trooper and Maid, Child 299)" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #26}
Dallas-TheCruelWars-100SoldiersSongs, pp. 57-58, "The Trooper and the Maid" (1 text, 1 tune)
Niles-BalladBookOfJohnJacobNiles 65, "Trooper and Maid" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 161, "The Trooper And The Maid" (1 text)
DT 299, TROOPRMD (TROOPRM2*) LGHTDRAG

Roud #162
RECORDINGS:
Harry List, "The Light Drag'on" (on FSB02, FSB2CD)
Dillard Chandler, "The Soldier Traveling from the North" (on OldLove, DarkHoll)
Seamus Ennis, "As I Roved Out" (on FSB01) (on FSBFTX13)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "The Trooper and the Maid" (on SCMacCollSeeger01) {the text is Bronson's #18, but the tune is different}
Jimmy McBeath, "The Trooper and the Maid" (on FSB5 [as "The Trooper Lad"], FSBBAL2) {Bronson's #17}

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "I Love My Love (I) (As I Cam' Owre Yon High High Hill)" (lyrics)
cf. "Ung Sjoman Forlustar Sig, En (A Young Seaman Enjoys Himself)" (theme)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Trooper and the Maid
The Bugle Britches
The Bugle Boy
The Soldier and His Lady
The Soldier Travelling From the North
NOTES [220 words]: Randolph's are the first bawdy versions of the venerable ballad to see the light of print. - EC
Many versions of this have mixed with the "Seventeen Come Sunday" [Laws O17], the result may be known as "As I Roved Out" (so, e.g., the version in Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland), and you should probably check the references under both songs. It is often difficult to decide where to file such a piece (indeed, I managed to file the Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland text under both songs before finally deciding it belonged here). - RBW
Verse 3 of Child 299.B and verse 9 of Child 299.D is close to Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 180, "Wine and cakes for gentlemen" (earliest date in Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes is 1898)
Child 299.D: "Bread and cheese for gentlemen, An corn and hay for horses, Pipes and tobacco for auld wives, And bonnie lads for lasses." [For this see also Baring-Gould-AnnotatedMotherGoose #173, p. 127, ("Cheese and bread for gentlemen") -- though they describe it as "a fragment of a harvest song." The Opies say Crofton had a Welsh equivalent but do not give any additional information. - RBW]
Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 180: "Wine and cakes for gentlemen, Hay and corn for horses, A cup of ale for good old wives, And kisses for young lasses." - BS
Last updated in version 5.3
File: C299

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2022 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.