“Ellen the Fair (Helen the Fair)”


The narrator, a nobleman, sees and falls in love with Ellen, who is very beautiful although she is only a flower seller. He woos and wins her. The noble ladies all envy her beauty


  • Bodleian, Johnson Ballads fol. 17, "Helen the Fair," J. Catnach (London), 1823 ; also Harding B 11(1060), Harding B 16(80b), Harding B 11(1682), Firth c.26(18), Harding B 11(48), Harding B 11(3327), Harding B 16(79d), "Ellen the Fair"; Harding B 11(1519), Firth b.27(332), Johnson Ballads 858, Harding B 11(237A), Harding B 22(390), Johnson Ballads fol. 33, Harding B 11(2549), "Helen the Fair"
  • LOCSinging, as113270, "Sweet Helen the Fair," L. Deming (Boston), n.d.


  1. Laws O5, "Ellen the Fair (Helen the Fair)"
  2. Mackenzie 41, "Ellen the Fair" (1 text)
  3. DT 470, ELLNFAIR
  4. Roud #359
  5. BI, LO05


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1823 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads fol. 17)
Found in: Canada(Mar)