“The Maiden City”


Derry is the Maiden City, threatened in 1688. Her defenders shouted "No Surrender" and vowed Derry "should be a Maiden still." She rejected "a Kingly wooer" and her defenders won a terrible battle. "The Maiden on her throne boys, Shall be a Maiden still"


For background on the Siege of (London)derry, see the notes to "The Shutting of the Gates of Derry" as well as "No Surrender (I)." - RBW

Cross references


  1. OrangeLark 39, "The Maiden City" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ADDITIONAL:Edward Hayes, The Ballads of Ireland (Boston, 1859 (reprint of 1855 London edition)), Vol I, p. 278, "The Maiden City"
  3. BI, OrLa039


Author: Charlotte Elizabeth (source: Hayes)
Earliest date: 1987 (OrangeLark)