“A Heart that Forms for Love”


The young man reports that he is tired of the single life. He has seen his love in dreams, but does not know where she is. He describes her looks. He declares he will seek her everywhere: "I'll mount old Barney... And find my Delsenia as soon as I can."


Randolph conjectures that the proper title of this piece is "A Heart that Yearns for Love." I'd suggest "A Heart that Mourns for Love."

"Delsenia" makes me think of "Dulcinea," as in Don Quixote's girlfriend. Sounds awfully literary for an Ozark Folksong, though. - RBW


  1. Randolph 675, "A Heart that Forms for Love" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7367
  3. BI, R675


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)