“The Swan (II)”


Returning from Wexford the singer sees a girl "like a swan that floats o'er the ocean" who "often grieved my poor heart." She rejects his marriage proposal because "I've been promised ten years or more" to Reilly "in a foreign country"


Is this just a shortened version of "John (George) Riley" (II) [Laws N37], or some similar ballad? Or is this a mangled ballad of a swan-maiden? - BS


  1. Creighton-Maritime, p. 75, "The Swan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2709
  3. BI, CrMa075


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: courting rejection
Found in: Canada(Mar)