“The Belfast Lass”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1989 (Leyden)
Keywords: courting marriage parting return reunion separation money America

Description

The singer comes to Belfast and falls in love with "the charming Belfast lass." He claims wealth and proposes. She preferrs "the heart that's true" to riches. Confounded, he leaves for America, returns, proposes again and "she gave consent at last"

Notes

Leyden: "A love song from a ballad sheet published by Swindell's in Manchester." The Bodleian collection has almost 200 broadsides - but not this one - printed by Swindells in Manchester between 1780 and 1853. - BS

References

  1. Leyden 25, "The Belfast Lass" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Leyd025