“The Can of Spring Water”


Singer meets a lass on her way to a well. He asks her parents' name. She rejects his advance but he seduces her. Subsequently she marries someone else but has a baby to go with her to the well.


Broadside Bodleian Harding B 19(64) is the basis for the description. - BS

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Harding B 19(64), "The Can of Spring Water" ("One evening in May as I carelessly strayed"), J.F. Nugent & Co. (Dublin), 1850-1899; also 2806 c.15(35)[barely legible], "The Can of Spring Water"


  1. Roud #5215
  2. BI, BdCaSpWa


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1900 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 19(64))