“Queen of the May”

Alternate titles: “Now the Winter Is Past”; “The Plowboy's Courtship”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1832 (Journal from the Bengal)
Keywords: courting love sex marriage

Description

As summer comes, the singer (a plowboy?) meets a girl. He asks what she is doing; she answers that she is gathering may. They sit down together; the end result may be marriage or something less honorable

Notes

This reminds me a lot of "Green Bushes" (Laws P2). The imagery is largely the same, and there are reminiscences in the wording. But the end results are different. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 190-192, "Queen of the May" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, QUEENMAY*
  3. Roud #594
  4. BI, SWMS190