“I've Two or Three Strings To My Bow”


"I am a fair maiden forsaken, but I have a contented mind." Her love has forsaken him, but she does not intend to mourn; she has other options. She warns girls against men, and says she will "care no more for him than he cares for me."

Cross references


  1. SHenry H70a+b, pp. 340-341, "I've Two or Three Strings To My Bow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4788
  3. BI, HHH070


Alternate titles: “The Frugal Maid”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1768 (Ramsey)
Keywords: love betrayal
Found in: Ireland