“The Constant Lovers”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(166))
Keywords: sailor travel mother promise
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland


The sailor promises to marry the girl after he makes one more trip. His mother threatens to disinherit him for this, but he points out that she had been a serving girl herself until his father had raised her. He promises to be faithful to the girl



  1. Laws O41, "The Constant Lovers"
  2. SHenry H634, p. 472, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. OLochlainn-More 4, "One Penny Portion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lehr/Best 95, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-NovaScotia 49, "A Sailor Courted" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 44-45, "A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. DT 595, SAILCOUR
  8. Roud #993
  9. BI, LO41