“William and Harriet”


Lovers William and Harriet find their marriage plans thwarted by her father. They escape to sea, only to have their ship sink en route. They land upon a desert island, where they die of starvation and/or exposure

Same tune

  • William and Phillis (File: CrSNB033)

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Firth b.25(77), "William and Harriet," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth c.12(285), Harding B 15(380a), Harding B 15(379b), Harding B 15(380b), Harding B 16(308c), Johnson Ballads 1557, 2806 c.16(47), 2806 c.14(26), Firth b.26(248) [some lines truncated on the right], Firth c.26(65) [some words illegible], Harding B 16(308b), Harding B 11(3767), "William and Harriet"; 2806 c.14(136), Harding B 11(4221), Harding B 11(3764), "William and Harriet"
  • Murray, Mu23-y3:010, "William and Herriet" (sic.), unknown, 19C
  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(90), "William and Herriet" (sic.), unknown, c. 1860-1890


  1. Laws M7, "William and Harriet"
  2. JHCox 104, "The Rich Merchant" ( text)
  3. DT 741, RCHMRCHT
  4. Roud #536
  5. BI, LM07


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.25(77))
Found in: US(Ap,So) Britain(England(South))