A man promises to marry a maid he meets. He says he is poor and her "low degree" is no cause for concern. They kiss and fall asleep. When he wakes he finds her not a virgin and says they'll never marry.
As I Walked Forth in the Pride of the Season Partial text(s) *** A *** As I Walked Forth in the Pride of the Season (The False Young Man) From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II, pp. 422-423. Sung by Mrs. Freeman Bennett, St. Paul's, August 1958. As I walked forth in the pride of the season Thinking some pastime there for to see, Who should I spy but a lovely fair damsel Sitting all alone under a shady green tree. (8 additional stanzas)
[Despite Peacock's subtitle "The False Young Man," this is] not "The False Young Man (The Rose in the Garden, As I Walked Out)." - BS
Peacock's final stanza is the floating "ripest of apples" lyric; it's not clear which of the several songs which include the verse is the source. - RBW