“Dans les prisons de Nantes (Within the Prisons of Nantes)”


French. A man is prisoner in Nantes. The jailer's daughter cries because he is to die next day. She unties him so he escapes. She is pregnant. On another shore he drinks and boasts of his escape.


In Peacock's version the prisoner is on London Bridge; the escaped prisoner promises that, if he ever is in France he will have a dress made for her with gold buttons and they will embrace. In another version, all the girls of Nantes are taken prisoner.

The CD _After the Tempest_ by Figgy Duff includes a different London version than Peacock's called, more reasonably, Dans la Prison de Londres: "Dans la prison de Londres Un prisonnier il y a" - BS


  1. Peacock, pp. 183-184, "Dans les Prisons de Nantes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 170, "Dans La Prison de Nantes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, Pea183


Alternate titles: “Dans la Prison de Londres”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1954 (Creighton-Maritime)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)