Bishop's Song, The

DESCRIPTION: "O she was young and beautiful, the fairest of the fair," and she and Young John pledge their love. The Bishop sends John to spread Mormonism in England. Her father forces her to marry the Bishop (and her father will marry the Bishop's daughter). She dies
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1947 (Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah)
KEYWORDS: love courting separation promise clergy marriage death
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #226, "The Bishop's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #10905
NOTES [55 words]: According to Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah's informant, this is a true story, composed to be sung at the dead girl's funeral. The bishop then excommunicated the composer. But no names are given. Since the composer is said to have rejoined the church in 1889, it evidently happened during the Mormon Church's polygamous period. - RBW
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