“Kate and Her Horns”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1903 (Belden; a broadside exists from c. 1690)
Keywords: courting trick marriage Devil childbirth
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,So) Canada(Mar)

Description

Kate's intended husband suddenly jilts her for a rich girl. Kate obtains a cow's hide and horns, and meets her lover disguised as the devil. This "devil" threatens him if he does not return to Kate. He does; she reveals the truth as their child is born

Cross references

Broadsides

References

  1. Laws N22, "Kate and Her Horns"
  2. Belden, pp. 231-232, "Kate and her Horns" (1 text)
  3. FSCatskills 125, "Kate and Her Horns" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. SharpAp 70, "The Clothier" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Gardner/Chickering 159, "Kate and the Cowhide" (2 texts plus mention of 1 more, 1 tune)
  6. Combs/Wilgus 101, pp. 137-138, "Kate and the Clothier" (1 text)
  7. Creighton/Senior, pp. 184-186, "Kate" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Mackenzie 132, "Kate and Her Horns" (1 text)
  9. BBI, ZN3130, "You that in merriment delight"
  10. DT 452, KATEHORN* KATEHRN2*
  11. Roud #555
  12. BI, LN22