“Child Waters”

Alternate titles: “Fair Margaret”; “Lord William and Lady Margaret”; “Fair Ellen”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1765 (Percy)
Keywords: courting pregnancy love disguise childbirth
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(SE,So)

Description

Ellen tells Child Waters she bears his child. Offered two shires of land, she would prefer one kiss. He rides; she runs, swims; as his page, she brings a lady for his bed, gives birth in the stable. He hears her wish him well and herself dead; he relents

References

  1. Child 63, "Child Waters" (11 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Bronson 63, "Child Waters" (3 versions)
  3. Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 58-65, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  4. Flanders-Ancient2, pp. 76-81, "Child Waters" (1 text, titled "Earl Walter," from the 1818 "Charms of Melody" rather than tradition)
  5. Randolph 13, "The Little Page Boy" (1 fragmentary text, 1 tune, which Randolph places here though it also has lines from the "Cospatrick" version of "Gil Brenton" and which is so short it might go with something else) {Bronson's #3}
  6. BrownII 17, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  7. Leach, pp. 201-205, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  8. OBB 46, "Childe Waters" (1 text)
  9. Friedman, p. 122, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  10. PBB 47, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  11. Gummere, pp. 241-246+354-355, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  12. DBuchan 10, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  13. TBB 4, "Child Waters" (1 text)
  14. DT 63, CHDWATER
  15. Roud #43
  16. BI, C063