“A Week's Matrimony (A Week's Work)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads 289)
Keywords: adultery marriage fight suicide drink bawdy wife
Found in: Canada(Newf)


Monday the singer marries; Tuesday his wife sees a girl frying his "sausage"; Wednesday he finds a man in bed with her; Thursday they fight; Friday they part and she hangs herself in sorrow; Saturday he buries her and finds another


Peacock makes A Week's Work the same ballad as The Holly Twig although the only similarity is that they both account for the days of the week and both start with a marriage. - BS

Same tune

Cross references



  1. Peacock, pp. 322-323, "A Week's Work" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Leach-Labrador 120, "Days of the Week" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #1692
  4. BI, Pea322