“Child Maurice”


Child Maurice sends his page with love-tokens to "the very first woman that ever loved me." Her husband hears the page, finds Child Maurice, kills him, and brings the head to his wife. She reveals this was her son; he repents his murder. (They also die.)

Cross references


  1. Child 83, "Child Maurice" (7 texts)
  2. Bronson 83, "Child Maurice" (7 versions+1 in addenda)
  3. Greenleaf/Mansfield 11, "Gil Morissy" (1 text)
  4. Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 91-103, "Gill Morrice" (2 texts, one from the folio manuscript and one being the modified version printed by Percy in the Reliques)
  5. Flanders-Ancient2, pp. 238-245, "Child Maurice" (1 text, from "The Charms of Melody" rather than tradition)
  6. Leach, pp. 273-277, "Child Maurice" (1 text)
  7. OBB 47, "Childe Maurice" (1 text)
  8. Friedman, p. 194, "Childe Maurice (Gill Morice)" (1 text)
  9. Gummere, pp.190-194+,345 "Child Maurice" (1 text)
  10. DT 83, GILMORIS
  11. Roud #53
  12. BI, C083


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1765 (Percy)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Newf)