“The Broomfield Hill”

Alternate titles: “The Broomfield Wager”; “Green Broom”; “The Merry Green Fields”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1769 (Herd)
Keywords: magic wager sex trick witch
Found in: Britain(England,Scotland) US(Ap,NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland

Description

A girl wagers with a boy that "a maid I will go to the Broomfield Hill and a maid I shall return." At home she regrets her error, but a witch tells her how to make her love sleep on the hill. She arrives on the hill, leaves a token, and wins her wager

Notes

For some inexplicable reason, the notes in Sam Henry claim that H133, "Bess of Ballymoney" (p. 461) is this song. I believe this is an accidental repetition of the notes on H135. - RBW

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Child 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (6 texts)
  2. Bronson 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (30 versions -- but the last six are "The Maid on the Shore" -- plus 1 in addenda)
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 438-442, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 songster version plus extensive notes)
  4. Flanders-Ancient1, pp. 275-279, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Leach, pp. 150-152, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  6. OBB 24, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  7. Friedman, p. 148, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  8. PBB 16, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  9. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 26, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #23}
  10. Combs/Wilgus 11, pp. 113-114, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  11. SHenry H135, p. 414, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. MacSeegTrav 7, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  13. DT 43, BROOMFLD* BROMFLD2* BROMFLD3
  14. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #325, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
  15. Roud #34
  16. BI, C043