Lovely Joan

DESCRIPTION: Young man, out riding, comes upon Joan. He offers her a ring/purse of gold in return for a roll in the hay; she says the ring is more use to her than 20 maidenheads. She takes the ring, then hops on his horse and rides off to her true love's gate.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2)
KEYWORDS: virtue seduction bargaining trick virginity
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2 115, "Handsome Shone the Dairymaid"; Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2, pp. 189-190, "Handsome Joan the Dairy Maid" (2 texts)
Sharp-OneHundredEnglishFolksongs 57, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-FolkSongsOfTheUpperThames, pp. 46-47, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text) (also Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 469)
VaughanWilliams/Lloyd-PenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs, p. 64, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-FolkSongsCollectedBy-Ralph-VaughanWilliams, #82, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, pp.95-96, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #64, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #592
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2226), "Lovely Joan" ("A story unto you I will relate") , J. Catnach (London), 1813- 1838; also Harding B 11(4358), Firth c.21(24)[some words illegible], Harding B 11(2225), Harding B 11(797), Harding B 11(3833), Harding B 11(2227), "Lovely Joan"
cf. "The Maid and the Horse" (plot)
cf. "The Broomfield Hill" (Child 43) and references there
NOTES [26 words]: Damn fool. -PJS
In Sharp's bowdlerized version, the young man asks Joan to marry him and says that the purse of gold is worth more than twenty husbands! - (PJS)
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File: ShH57

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