Nobleman's Wedding, The (The Faultless Bride; The Love Token) [Laws P31]

DESCRIPTION: A man disguises himself to attend the wedding of the girl he loved before he went away. He sings a song that reminds her of her unfaithfulness and promises to return her love token. She swoons and returns to her mother's home. She dies before morning
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1827 (Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume1)
KEYWORDS: disguise wedding infidelity death grief hardheartedness jealousy love marriage
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber,Bord)) US(MA,MW,NE,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (24 citations):
Laws P31, "The Nobleman's Wedding (The Faultless Bride; The Love Token)"
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 165-166, "The Faultless Bride" (1 text)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 105, "The Awful Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rosenbaum-FolkVisionsAndVoices, p. 59, "The Famous Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #20, "The Bride's Death" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H60a, pp. 400-401, "An Old Lover's Wedding"; H60b, p. 401, "The Laird's Wedding" (2 texts, 2 tune, the second mixed with "All Around My Hat")
Graham-Joe-Holmes-SongsMusicTraditionsOfAnUlsterman 56, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #24, pp. 1-2, "The Orange and Blue" (1 text); #88, p. 2, ("Oh, how could you sit at another man's table?") (1 fragment)
Greig/Duncan6 1199, "Down in Yon Valley" (24 texts, 14 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 132-133, "The Unconstant Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume1 21, "The Penitent Bride"; Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume1, pp. 235-236, "The Wedding" (2 texts)
Stewart/Belle-Stewart-QueenAmangTheHeather, pp. 124-125, "Late Last Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 164, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves/Sharp-TheIdiomOfThePeople 31, "Down in My Garden" (1 text)
Butterworth/Dawney-PloughboysGlory, p. 4, "All Around My Hat" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 3, "All Round My Hat" (1 text)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 201, "Broken Hearted Bride" (1 text)
McBride-FlowerOfDunaffHillAndMoreTradSongsInnishowen 1, "Another Man's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior-TraditionalSongsOfNovaScotia, pp. 158-159, "Green Willow" (1 text, probably this piece though not so listed by Laws)
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 75, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 691-697, "Nobleman's Wedding" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 30, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 142-143, "To Wear a Green Willow" (1 text)

ST LP31 (Partial)
Roud #567
Eddie Butcher, "Another Man's Wedding" (on Voice06, IREButcher01)
Daisy Chapman, "Down in the Valley" (on SCDChapman01)
Sara Cleveland, "To Wear a Green Willow" (on SCleveland01)
Joe Heaney, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (on FSBFTX15)
Bride Power, "The Fatal Wedding" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Jim Rice, "The Nobleman's Wedding" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
F. Sutton, "Gay Wedding" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Maude Thacker, "The Famous Wedding" (on FolkVisions1 -- a very confused version)

cf. "Green Grows the Laurel" ("change the green and yellow for the orange and blue") and references there
The Green Willow Tree
The Forsaken Lover
The Inconstant Lover
The False Bride
NOTES [67 words]: According to Hazlitt's Dictionary of Faiths & Folklore, to wear the willow meant that one had been forsaken by a lover. For more in this theme, see the notes to "All Around My Hat (I)."
Roud lumps this with "All Around My Hat." That's *really* a stretch. - RBW
The "Awful Wedding" subgroup ("I'll tell you of an awful wedding"), despite the similarity in titles, is *not* "The Fatal Wedding." - PJS, RBW
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