“The Iron Door”


When the rich girl falls in love with a poor boy, her father locks her in a iron-doored prison. Her lover breaks in and sneaks her out (in men's clothing), but they meet her father. The boy prepares to die, but the father gives in


I'm sure it's not related, but it's interesting to note that Johannes Gutenberg (yes, that Gutenberg) was once involved with a girl names Ennelin zur Yserin Thure (in modern German, Annalein zur Eiseren Tur, or Little Anna of the Iron Door). Ennelin, or her mother, was apparently after him for breach of promise of marriage. (Source: John Man, _Gutenberg_, pp. 57-59). - RBW

Cross references


  1. Laws M15, "The Iron Door"
  2. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 220-221, "Her Servant Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. SHenry H668, pp. 444-445, "Love Laughs at Locksmiths" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. OLochlainn-More 61, "The Young Serving Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Tunney-SongsThunder, pp. 100-101, "Mary Ann" (1 text)
  6. Kennedy 161, "The Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Peacock, pp. 590-591, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Creighton-NovaScotia 84, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Creighton-Maritime, p. 54, "Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  10. DT 580, IRONDOOR
  11. Roud #539
  12. BI, LM15


Alternate titles: “The Young Servant Man”; “The Daughter in the Dungeon”; “Since Love Can Enter an Iron Door”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906
Found in: Britain(England(South,Lond)) Ireland Canada(Mar,Newf)