“The Young Sailor Bold (I) (The Rich Merchant's Daughter)”


The merchant threatens his daughter's lover with death. She dresses as a sailor to warn him of the danger, and promises to go away with him. Her father meets her and kills her by mistake. He discovers the mistake and kills himself; the lover dies of grief

Cross references


  1. Laws M19, "The Young Sailor Bold I (The Rich Merchant's Daughter)"
  2. FSCatskills 59, "The Rich Merchant" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 35, "The Rich Merchant's Daugher" (1 text)
  4. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 194-195, "Rich Merchant and his Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton/Senior, pp. 218-220, "Willie" (1 text plus 2 fragments, 3 tunes)
  6. Karpeles-Newfoundland 72, "The Rich Merchant's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 432, RCHMRCH*
  8. Roud #548
  9. BI, LM19


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Karpeles-Newfoundland)
Found in: US(MA,MW) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(South))