“Sarah Mariah Cornell”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1845 (Journal from the Sharon)
Keywords: homicide clergy seduction betrayal trial escape


Reverend Avery seduces and then murders Sarah. He flees from justice, but is recaptured. Sarah's ghost (?) pleads for justice, warns girls not to be decieved by men, and asks for the listeners' prayers.


Huntington can find no other versions of this song, which I usually take to indicate that it is not traditional. But I feel sure I've seen it somewhere else. - RBW


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 156-158, "Sarah Mariah Cornell" (1 text)
  2. Roud #2044
  3. BI, SWMS156