“The Gay Goshawk”


An English lass is forbidden to marry the Scot she loves. He sends a message by his goshawk. She asks to be buried in Scotland should she die. This granted, she feigns death. Her coffin is taken to where her lover waits; they are reunited


  1. Child 96, "The Gay Goshawk" (8 texts)
  2. Bronson 96, "The Gay Goshawk" (2 versions, though the second, from Christie, is described by Bronson as "padded out with a second strain.")
  3. Leach, pp. 300-303, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 text)
  4. Flanders-Ancient3, pp. 43-44, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 fragment, with lyrics typical of this piece but too short identify with certainty)
  5. OBB 60, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 text)
  6. PBB 43, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 text)
  7. Gummere, pp. 265-269+358, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 text)
  8. DBuchan 17, "The Gay Goshawk" (1 text, 1 tune in appendix) {Bronson's #1}
  9. HarvClass-EP1, pp. 69-73, "The Gay Goss-hawk" (1 text)
  10. Roud #61
  11. BI, C096


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1802
Found in: Britain(Scotland) Ireland