Gentleman Soldier, The

DESCRIPTION: Soldier brings woman into his sentry-box. They have sex; he prepares to leave. She asks him to marry her; he says he can't, as he's already married -- and "two wives are allowed in the army, but one's too many for me!" Nine months later she has a child.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Reeves-Sharp)
KEYWORDS: adultery seduction sex abandonment pregnancy bawdy humorous soldier
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, pp. 40-41, "The Gentleman Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan7 1471, "The Sentry" (4 texts plus a single verse on p. 507, 3 tunes)
Reeves-Sharp 92, "The Sentry" (1 text)
Purslow-Constant, p. 88, "The Sentry Box" (1 composite text, 1 tune)
DallasCruel, pp. 66-67, "The Gentleman Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #178
cf. "Drumdelgie" (tune)
cf. "One Morning in May (To Hear the Nightingale Sing)" [Laws P14] (plot)
File: VWL040

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