“The Little Golden Ring”


A sailor bids his mother, "a lone, weeping widow," farewell. He promises to return. She gives him a ring, saying, "Wear it for your mother's sake." He does well at sea, but then his mother's letters stop. He comes home to learn that she is dead


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(104b), "It Is But a Little Golden Ring," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 170-172, "The Little Golden Ring" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9418
  3. BI, Doe170


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Doerflinger)
Found in: US(MA)