“Hills of Cumberland”


The singer meets "the Rose of Cumberland" who invites him to sit and talk; she babbles. He explains that he is from a nearby village "where there are maidens just as handsome" and advises her to let her beauty speak for her rather than her mouth.


This is a Prince Edward Island song not to be confused with the similar ballad Bodleian, Harding B 11(1205), "The Blooming Rose of Cumberland," W. Stephenson (Gateshead); , 1821-1838 ; also Harding B 25(220), "The Blooming Rose of Cumberland." Cumberland Hill is near Dundas near the east coast of Kings, Prince Edward Island. - BS


  1. Dibblee/Dibblee, pp. 110-111, "Hills of Cumberland" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #12458
  3. BI, Dib110


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (Dibblee/Dibblee)
Found in: Canada(Mar)