“The Bainbridge Tragedy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Garnder/Chickering)
Keywords: injury death love courting warning
Found in: US(MW)

Description

"In Bainbridge town there dwelt of late A worthy youth who met his fate." Urial Church and girlfriend Louisa go strolling in the snow; he throws snow in her face. She playfully throws a scissors at him -- but wounds him; it festers and he dies. All grieve

Supplemental text

Bainbridge Tragedy, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Emelyn Elizabeth Gardner and Geraldine Jencks Chickering,
Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan, pp. 303-306. "From the Gernsey
manuscript."

In Bainbridge town there dwelt of late
A worthy youth who met his fate,
Which filled many a heart with woe
And caused many a tear to flow.

Uriel Church it was the name
Of this unfortunate young man,
Who fell while in the bloom of life
By her who was to be his wife.

(28 additional stanzas)

References

  1. Gardner/Chickering 124, "The Bainbridge Tragedy" (1 text, very probably from print)
  2. ST GC3700 (Partial)
  3. Roud #3700
  4. BI, GC3700