“Crow and Pie”

Author: unknown
Keywords: courting virtue rape

Description

The singer woos a maid encountered in a forest. She spurns him, repeating with each refusal "the crowe shall byte yew". He takes her by force, then taunts "the pye hath peckyd yew." He refuses to marry, give money, or tell his name. All maids take warning

References

  1. Child 111, "Crow and Pie" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3975
  3. BI, C111