“Blanche Comme la Niege (White as Snow)”

Alternate titles: “La Belle Qui Fait la Morte Pour Son Honneur Garder”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Peacock)
Keywords: foreignlanguage courting sex virginity escape beauty trick burial father
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

French. A lady is taken home by a captain. They eat before making love, but she falls dead during the meal. She is buried in her father's garden. When her father comes, she calls him to open her tomb: She has pretended to be dead to save her honor.

Notes

In Peacock's version there is only one lady rather than three. In some versions one lady, white as snow and beautiful as day, falls asleep on a bed of roses and three captains come courting. - BS

Recordings

References

  1. Peacock, pp. 174-178, "Blanche Comme la Niege" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
  2. BI, Pea174