“The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: courting love disguise
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

The singer comes upon a beautiful girl hard at work. Poor as she is, she vows to keep hard at work until her lover returns to her. The singer reveals himself as her lover; the two are married

Notes

Moulden makes the argument that this is an Irish ballad rather than "Native American" as Laws would have it. See archives of the site for the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music, _Canadian Journal for Traditional Music_, vol 14, 1986, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle: American Native or Irish Immigrant" by John Moulden. - BS

Cross references

References

  1. Laws H29, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle"
  2. Greenleaf/Mansfield 133, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Peacock, pp. 598-599, "The Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 144-145, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Fowke/MacMillan 46, "Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Doyle2, p. 73, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Blondahl, p. 113, "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. DT 653, BELLISLE*
  9. Roud #2191
  10. BI, LH29