“As I Walked Through the Meadows”

Alternate titles: “The Handful of May”
Author: unknown
Keywords: courting sex wedding
Found in: Britain(England)


Singer meets a young woman. She says she has come to gather may. He asks to go with her; she refuses, for fear of being led astray. He kisses her; they wander through the meadows as he picks may. Next morning he marries her to preserve her reputation.


Although it's never made explicit, especially in Cecil Sharp, I know a line of asterisks when I see one! -PJS


  1. Sharp-100E 53, "As I Walked Through the Meadows" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #594
  3. BI, ShH53