“The Dawning of the Day (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 b.11(56))
Keywords: seduction warning poverty betrayal
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Mar) Britain(Scotland(Aber))


The singer meets a milk-maid at the dawn of day, seduces her despite her reluctance, and leaves her. Months later they meet again; she asks him to marry her, but he answers that he has married a rich girl. She warns against such rovers




  1. Laws P16, "The Dawning of the Day"
  2. Ord, p. 163, "The Dawning of the Day" (1 text)
  3. Mackenzie 56, "The Dawning of the Day" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT 498, DAWNDAY
  5. Roud #370
  6. BI, LP16