Edwin (Edmund, Edward) in the Lowlands Low [Laws M34]

DESCRIPTION: Edwin, now rich, returns to his sweetheart after years at sea. At her advice, he goes to her father's inn in disguise. Her father murders him for his money. The girl learns the truth and turns in her father, who is executed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2031))
KEYWORDS: homicide father money execution love punishment separation
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland(Aber)) Ireland
REFERENCES (38 citations):
Laws M34, "Edwin (Edmund, Edward) in the Lowlands Low"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 127-128, "Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Randolph 140, "Young Edmond Dell" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
High-OldOldFolkSongs, pp. 46-47, "Young Edward the Driver Boy" (1 text)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 79, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (2 texts)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 79, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (2 excerpts, 2 tunes)
Chappell-FolkSongsOfRoanokeAndTheAlbermarle 36, "Amy and Edward" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jones-MinstrelOfTheAppalachians-Bascom-Lamar-Lunsford, p. 211, "Edward (Edwin in the Lowlands Low)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida, #185, "Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 69, "Young Edmondale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brewster-BalladsAndSongsOfIndiana 35, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 12, "He Ploweed the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, p. 194, "My Father Keeps a Public House" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 56, "Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (11 texts, 11 tunes)
Creighton/Senior-TraditionalSongsOfNovaScotia, pp. 220-222, "Young Edmund of the Lowlands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 641-642, "Young Edmond of the Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 32, "Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Brown-VermontFolkSongsAndBallads, pp. 106-108, "Young Edmon Bold" (1 text, 1 tune; the text, from manuscript, is slightly damaged as well as very curiously written)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #22, "Come All Young Men and Maidens" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 27, "Young Edmund" (1 text)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 703-705, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (2 texts)
Wyman/Brockway-LonesomeSongs-KentuckyMountains-Vol2, p. 42, "Young Edward" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 49, The Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thompson-BodyBootsAndBritches-NewYorkStateFolktales, pp. 392-393, "Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Warner-TraditionalAmericanFolkSongsFromAnneAndFrankWarnerColl 57, "The Ploughboy of the Lowlands" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #123, p. 1, "Young Emma" (1 text, a composite)
Greig/Duncan2 189, "Young Emma" (11 texts, 10 tunes)
Porter/Gower-Jeannie-Robertson-EmergentSingerTransformativeVoice #67, p. 234-236, "Young Emslie (Edwin in the Lowlands Low (Laws M34)" (1 text, 1 tune)
VaughanWilliams/Lloyd-PenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs, pp. 106-107, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 441, "Down in the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #118, "Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H113, p. 434, "Young Edward Bold/The Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morton-FolksongsSungInUlster 32, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 106, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low" (1 text)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 120-121, "Young Emily" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Adrienne Hollifield, "Family Tradition, Orality, and Cultural Intervention in Sodom Laurel Ballad Tradition," Vol. XLII, No. 1 (Winter-Spring 1995), pp. 1-34, "Young Emily" (4 texts, from Dellie Norton, Doug Wallin, Evelyn Ramsey, Sheila Adams, plus extensive comparison of texts)
ADDITIONAL: James P. Leary, Compiler and Annotator, _Wisconsin Folklore_ University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, article "Kentucky Folksong in Northern Wisconsin" by Asher E. Treat, p. 238, "My Father Keeps a Public House" (1 text, 1 tune, sung by Maud Jacobs and Pearl Jacobs Borusky)

Roud #182
Harry Cox, "Young Edmund" (on Voice17)
Ollie Gilbert, "The Diver Boy (Edwin in the Lowlands Low)" (on LomaxCD1701)
Geordie Hanna, "Young Edmund in the Lowlands Low" (on Voice03)
Mike Kent, "Young Edmund in the Lowlands" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Louis Killen, "Young Edwin in the Lowlands" (on ESFB2)
Maggie Murphy, "Young Edmund" (on IRHardySons)
Dellie Norton, "Young Emily" (on DarkHoll)
Doug Wallin, "Young Emily" (on Wallins1) (on Chandler01)

Bodleian, Harding B 11(2031), "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth c.12(289), Johnson Ballads 214, Harding B 15(394a), Harding B 11(1459), Firth c.12(301), Harding B 11(4363), Harding B 11(4361), "Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low"; Harding B 11(1433), "Young Edmund in the Lowlands Low"; Harding B 11(4362)[some lines illegible], "Young Edwin in the Low-Lands Low"; Harding B 25(2133), Harding B 16(315b), "Young Edwin of the Lowlands Low"
cf. "Lovely Willie" [Laws M35] (plot)
cf. "Come All You Worthy Christians" (tune)
cf. "Dives and Lazarus" (tune)
cf. "The Lover's Curse (Kellswater)" (themes)
Bushes and Briars (per broadsides Bodleian Harding B 11(2031), Bodleian Johnson Ballads 214, Bodleian Harding B 11(1459))
Young Emma
Young Amy
Ploughman Boy
NOTES [225 words]: In Harry Cox's version on Voice17, Emma -- after singing the "shells in the ocean" verse found in "I Never Will Marry" -- then "sick and broken-hearted to Bedlam had to go, And her shrieks were of young Edmund who ploughed the lowland low." In that, and most of the rest of its text, it follows the Bodleian broadsides. Newfoundland versions -- all from the northern Avalon Peninsula -- seem based on the broadsides, keep or modify the "shells in the ocean" verse, and drop the Bedlam verse (which, I suppose, has no local meaning); see Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 32, Peacock, pp. 641-642 [the verse is almost unrecognizable] and "Young Edmund in the Lowlands" in Songs of Newfoundland at the "MacEdward Leach and Songs of Atlantic Canada" site. A good, but not infallible, clue that the broadside version is being followed is the opening: "Come all you feeling lovers and listen to my song, While I unfold concerning gold, that guides so many wrong." Greig also has a broadside-based version that modifies "shells in the ocean" and drops the Bedlam verse (Greig 123 p. 1, "Young Emma," Folk-Song of the North-East). BS
The version in the Warner collection is unusual in that Edmund is murdered by a robber rather than by the father, and the truth does not come out for seven years. This version also makes no mention of Edmund's money. - RBW
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