“Bright Phoebe”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes)
Keywords: love courting separation sea death mourning
Found in: US(MA,MW) Canada(Mar,Newf)


"Bright Phoebe was my true love's name, / Her beauty did my heart contain." The singer and his love agree to marry when he returns from sea. By the time he returns, she is dead. He promises to spend the rest of his life mourning

Cross references


  1. FSCatskills 70, "Bright Phoebe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Dean, p. 104,"Sweet Mary Jane" (1 text)
  3. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 119-120, "Bright Phoebe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Peacock, pp. 434-435, "Bright Phoebe" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 96-97, "Phoebe" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  7. Roud #1989
  8. BI, FSC070