“The Blind Child”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (Belden)
Keywords: death mother father wife disease death
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)


"They tell me, father, that tonight You'll wed another bride, That you will clasp her in your arms Where my dear mother died." The child asks about the new wife, and hopes she will be kind. The child dies, and goes to heaven where no one is blind


Cohen remarks, "Frankly, I think the saccharine little miss is overdoing it." Amen. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Belden, pp. 275-276, "The Blind Child" (1 text plus mention of 4 more)
  2. Randolph 724, "The Blind Child" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 472-473, "The Blind Child" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 724A)
  4. BrownII 149, "The Blind Girl" (1 text plus mention of 12 more)
  5. JHCoxIIB, #29, pp. 198-200, "The Blind Child's Prayer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Fuson, p. 146, "The Blind Orphan" (1 text)
  7. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 128-129, "The Blind Girl" (1 text)
  9. ADDITIONAL: Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II (1931), pp. 203-204, "(The Blind Girl)" (1 text)
  10. Roud #425
  11. BI, R724