“The Sailor and the Shepherdess”


A wandering young sailor, seeing a shepherdess asleep by the sea, goes up to her and kisses her. Surprised into wakefulness, she begins to cry, but the sailor offers marriage, and she accepts


  • Bodleian, Harding B 25(1698), "The Sailor's Courtship" ("As a pretty young shepherdess was minding her sheep"), J. Evans (London) , 1780-1812; also Harding B 16(239b), Firth b.25(330), Firth c.13(193), Firth c.13(194), Harding B 11(3262), "[The] Sailor's Courtship"; Harding B 16(238c), "Harding B 11(3374), [The] Sailor and Shepherdess"


  1. Laws O8, "The Sailor and the Shepherdess"
  2. Mackenzie 53, "The Sailor and the Shepherdess" (1 text)
  3. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 37, "The Shepherdess" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. SHenry H104, p. 457, "The Gentle Shepherdess" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT 473, SAILSHEP
  6. Roud #959
  7. BI, LO08


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1813 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(1698))
Found in: Canada(Mar) Ireland