“A Heart that Forms for Love”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Keywords: courting separation dream
Found in: US(So)

Description

The young man reports that he is tired of the single life. He has seen his love in dreams, but does not know where she is. He describes her looks. He declares he will seek her everywhere: "I'll mount old Barney... And find my Delsenia as soon as I can."

Notes

Randolph conjectures that the proper title of this piece is "A Heart that Yearns for Love." I'd suggest "A Heart that Mourns for Love."

"Delsenia" makes me think of "Dulcinea," as in Don Quixote's girlfriend. Sounds awfully literary for an Ozark Folksong, though. - RBW

References

  1. Randolph 675, "A Heart that Forms for Love" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7367
  3. BI, R675