“Sheepcrook and Black Dog”


The singer asks the girl to marry him. She says she is too young; she will work for a fine lady for a time. Later she writes to him to say that she is happy where she is and does not wish to wed a shepherd. He abandons his work and its tools


  • Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "Sheepcrook and Black Dog" (on ENMacCollSeeger02)


  1. SHenry H30a, p. 390, "My Flora and I" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MacSeegTrav 70, "Sheep-Crook and Black Dog" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Peacock, pp. 480-481, "My Flora and Me" (1 text plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
  4. Karpeles-Newfoundland 58, "Floro" (1 text, 3 tunes)
  5. Creighton-Maritime, p. 82, "The Young Shepherd" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Roud #948
  7. BI, HHH030a


Alternate titles: “Fine Laurel”; “The Unkind Shepherdess”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1775 (broadside, "The Constant Shepherd and the Unconstant Shepherdess")
Found in: Ireland Britain(England), Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont)