“Ellen the Fair (Helen the Fair)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1823 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads fol. 17)
Keywords: nobility courting poverty beauty
Found in: Canada(Mar)


The narrator, a nobleman, sees and falls in love with Ellen, who is very beautiful although she is only a flower seller. He woos and wins her. The noble ladies all envy her beauty



  1. Laws O5, "Ellen the Fair (Helen the Fair)"
  2. Mackenzie 41, "Ellen the Fair" (1 text)
  3. DT 470, ELLNFAIR
  4. Roud #359
  5. BI, LO05