“William and Nancy (II) (Courting Too Slow)”


William loves Nancy, but sails away before he has married her. Eventually he learns that she has married another. He sickens with grief. Nancy comes to comfort him. Both eventually die of grief

Cross references


  1. Laws P5, "William and Nancy II (Courting Too Slow)"
  2. Belden, pp. 196-197 "Courting Too Slow" (1 text)
  3. SharpAp 81, "William and Nancy" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  4. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 317-318, "William and Nancy" (1 text, with local title "Come All Ye Umarried Men"; tune on p. 441)
  5. Logan, pp. 364-365, "Courting Too Slow" (perhaps a comic rewrite of the original version?)
  6. DT 493, WMNANCY
  7. Roud #1918
  8. BI, LP05


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1869 (Logan)
Found in: US(Ap,So) Britain Canada(Newf)