“The Constant Lovers”


The sailor promises to marry the girl after he makes one more trip. His mother threatens to disinherit him for this, but he points out that she had been a serving girl herself until his father had raised her. He promises to be faithful to the girl


  • Bodleian, Harding B 28(166), "The Constant Lovers" ("A sailor courted a farmer's daughter"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 11(3519), Firth c.13(259), 2806 c.17(79), 2806 c.17(78), Harding B 11(146), Harding B 11(147), Johnson Ballads 2079, Harding B 20(235), Firth c.26(62), Firth c.12(195), Firth c.12(290), Harding B 11(678), Harding B 11(677), "The Constant Lovers"; Harding B 11(2670) [15 8-line verses], "A New Song"; Harding B 16(108d), "Hard-Hearted Mother"; Harding B 4(87)[part 1: 9 8-line verses; part 2: 10 8-line verses; 7 8-line verses], Harding B 4(88), "The Goodhurst Garland. In Three Parts"; Harding B 25(1682), "The Sailor and the Farmer's Daughter"
  • NLScotland, APS.4.95.15(3), "The Sailor and Farmer's Daughter," unknown, c.1830


  1. Laws O41, "The Constant Lovers"
  2. SHenry H634, p. 472, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. OLochlainn-More 4, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lehr/Best 95, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-NovaScotia 49, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 44-45, "A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 595, SAILCOUR
  8. Roud #993
  9. BI, LO41


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(166))
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland