“Maggie's Secret”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1886 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 15(180a))
Keywords: courting love separation mother sailor


"Oh! many a time I am sad at heart." Boys come to court Maggie "but I tell them they needn't come wooing to me." Her secret is that she loves a sailor: "my heart is over the sea." His mother guesses her secret and approves.



  1. O'Conor, pp. 143-144, "Maggie's Secret" (1 text)
  2. Roud #12886
  3. BI, OCon143B