“Three Brothers from Spain (Knights of Spain, We Are Three Jews)”


"We are three (brothers/dukes/knights/jews) come from Spain, Come to court your daughter Jane." "My daughter Jane is yet too young...." "It is for gold she must be sold." The (knight) turns away. The mother calls him back; he chooses the fairest


This has some points of similarity with "Three Dukes," and it appears some scholars have lumped them. But even Roud, who is generally a lumper, splits them, and I do so without hesitation. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #633, pp. 250-251, "(We're three Brethren out of Spain)"
  2. (DT, THREDUKE mixes this with "Three Dukes")
  3. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #353, "Three Knights from Spain" (1 text)
  4. Roud #8251
  5. BI, BGMG633


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1903 (Newell)
Found in: US(MW,NE) Britain(England)