“The Farmer's Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1845 (Journal from the Elizabeth); a possibly-related broadside is said to date from before 1689
Keywords: farming work marriage
Found in: US(MA,MW,NE,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Ont) Britain(Scotland,England(North,South))

Description

A lost boy comes seeking a home, or at least shelter for a night, saying that he can perform all farm tasks. The farmer's wife and daughter convince the farmer to take him in. He serves so well that he marries the farmer's daughter and becomes his heir

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Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws Q30, "The Farmer's Boy"
  2. Belden, pp. 272-273, "A Farmer's Boy" (1 text)
  3. Randolph 118, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 111-113, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 118)
  5. BrownIII 88, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text plus mention of 3 more)
  6. Warner 37, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Flanders/Brown, pp. 118-119, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text)
  8. Kennedy 247, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. LPound-ABS, 28, pp. 69-71, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text)
  10. Creighton/Senior, p. 158, "The Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 216-218, "A Farmer's Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 479, "The Farmer's Boy" (source notes only)
  13. DT 538, FARMRBOY FARMRBO2
  14. Roud #408
  15. BI, LQ30