“The Can of Spring Water”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1900 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 19(64))
Keywords: seduction sex marriage children


Singer meets a lass on her way to a well. He asks her parents' name. She rejects his advance but he seduces her. Subsequently she marries someone else but has a baby to go with her to the well.


Broadside Bodleian Harding B 19(64) is the basis for the description. - BS

Cross references



  1. Roud #5215
  2. BI, BdCaSpWa