“The Spanish Lady's Love”


Imprisoned by an English captain, the Spanish lady falls in love with her captor. They exchange praises for the English, and he tells her they are mismatched. This does not convince her; at last he says he is married. They go their separate ways

Supplemental text

Spanish Lady's Love, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Arthur Quiller-Couch, The Oxford Book of Ballads, #161,
pp. 807-810. Source not listed.

  Will you hear a Spanish Lady
    How she woo'd an English man?
  Garments gay and rich as may be,
    Decked with jewels, she had on;
Of a comely countenance and grace was she,
And by birth and parentage of high degree.

(15 additional stanzas)


  1. Percy/Wheatley II, pp. 247-251, "The Spanish Lady's Love" (1 text)
  2. OBB 161, "The Spanish Lady's Love" (1 text)
  3. Chappell/Wooldridge II, pp. 84-85, "The Spanish Lady" (1 tune, partial text)
  4. BBI, ZN2935, "Will you hear a Spanish Lady"; cf. AN2934, "Will you hear a German Princess"
  5. ST OBB161 (Partial)
  6. Roud #9735
  7. BI, OBB161


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1728 (registered 1603, and quoted in 1616)
Found in: Britain(England)