“Death and the Lady”

Alternate titles: “Oh Death”; “My Name is Death”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1736 ("A Guide to Heaven")
Keywords: death bargaining dialog
Found in: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Bord)) US(SE)


Young woman meets Death; offers him rich gifts if he will grant her more time in this world. (In some versions, she wishes to mend her ways after a life of wickedness.) He refuses. She dies.

Cross references



  1. Sharp-100E 22, "Death and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 30, "Death and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Chappell/Wooldridge II, pp. 170-171, "Death and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. BBI, ZN843, "Fair lady leave your costly Robes aside"; ZN1415, "In Cambridge lives a maiden fair/" (composite text also containing part of "Weaver to My Trade")
  6. Roud #1031
  7. BI, ShH22