“Oxford City”


A servant asks a lady to wed; she put him off on the grounds that they are too young. When he sees her dancing with someone else, he poisons her wine. Feeling ill, she asks him to take her home. He reveals that both have drunk poison; they die together


  • Bill Bundy, "Poison in a Glass of Wine" (Unissued test pressing, 1928; on KMM)
  • Mary Doran, "Oxford City" (on FSB7)
  • Louie Fuller, "Young Maria" (on Voice13)
  • Roscoe Holcomb, "True Love" (on Holcomb-Ward1)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Little Glass of Wine" (on NLCR06)
  • Stanley Brothers, "The Little Glass of Wine" (Rich-R-Tone 423, rec. c. late 1947) (Columbia 20590, 1949) (Rich-R-Tone 1056 [as "Little Glass of Wine"], rec. 1952)
  • Joseph Taylor, "Worcester City" (on Voice03)


  1. Laws P30, "Oxford City"
  2. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 83, "Oxford City" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 212-213, "Poison in a Glass of Wine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Kennedy 329, "Poison in a Glass of Wine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. MacSeegTrav 74, "Oxford City" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Gardner/Chickering 18, "Oxford City" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Flanders/Brown, pp. 92-93, "In Oxford City" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 54, "The Jealous Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. DT 508, OXFJEAL*
  10. Roud #218
  11. BI, LP30


Alternate titles: “The Jealous Lover”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (JFSS)
Found in: US(MW,NE) Britain(Scotland,England(All)) Ireland Canada(Mar)