“Love Has Brought Me to Despair”


The singer hears a girl telling of the grief her false love has left her. She seeks a flower in the meadow to ease her mind; none meet her needs. She makes a bed of flowers, asks for a marble stone on her grave and a turtle dove at her breast, and dies


This song has close ties with "Tavern in the Town," often sharing stanzas and, of course, a similarity of plot. Roud, in fact, lumps them (which seems a bit excessive to me). This may help explain why Laws failed to note either the Combs or the Cox version. - RBW

Cross references


  • Berzilla Wallin, "Love Has Brought Me To Despair" (on OldLove)


  1. Laws P25, "Love Has Brought Me to Despair"
  2. Brewster 58, "Love Has Brought Me to Despair" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  3. Combs/Wilgus 116, p. 176, "The Auxville Love" (1 text)
  4. JHCox 144, "Love Has Brought Me To Despair" (1 text)
  5. DT 824, LOVDISPR*
  6. Roud #60
  7. BI, LP25


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Cox)
Found in: US(Ap,MW) Britain(England(North,South))