“The Slighted Suitor”


A rich merchant's daughter has many suitors; she rejects them. One wins her heart, but she says, "I have no desire a single life to part." He courts another. She begs him to change his mind. He rejects her in turn. (She warns against doing as she did)


The notes in Henry/Huntington/Herrmann speculate that this might be a version of "The Rejected Lover" (Laws P10). The plots are indeed the same. But I see no points of contact in the lyrics; I think they are separate songs. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H159a/b, pp. 396-397, "The Slighted Suitor" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. OLochlainn-More 34, "The Merchant's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4715
  4. BI, HHH159


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland