“Isabeau S'y Promene (Isabel)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1880 (E. Gagnon, Chansons Populaires du Canada)
Keywords: courting ship death drowning ring foreignlanguage grief
Found in: Canada(Mar)


French: Isabel goes walking by the sea side. She meets a sailor who sings sweetly to her. She joins him on his boat, but then grieves because she has lost her gold ring. He dives three times to try to find it; the third time he does not come up.


Reported by Scott to be sung in France, Quebec, and Louisiana, though his version is from New Brunswick. - RBW



  1. Hugill, pp. 515-517, "La Danae" (2 texts-French & English, 1 tune)
  2. Scott-BoA, pp. 297-300, "Isabeau S'y Promene (Isabel)" (2 texts (1 French, 1 English), 1 tune)
  4. ADDITIONAL: Edith Fowke and Richard Johnston, Chansons de Quebec (Folk Songs of Quebec), 1957, pp. 74-75, "Isabeau s'y Promene (One day Isabel Wandered)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. BI, SBoA297