“The Fatal Snowstorm”

Alternate titles: “It Was On a Cold and Winter's Night”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1813 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 17(342a))
Keywords: storm family baby death
Found in: Britain(England) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland Canada(Ont)

Description

The singer, out in a severe snowstorm, sees a woman with a baby. She laments the cruelty of her parents and of the child's father, who left her for money. She warns against such deceivers, kisses the frozen child's lips, and dies herself

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws P20, "The Fatal Snowstorm"
  2. MacSeegTrav 71, "The Fatal Snowstorm" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Kennedy 154, "The Forsaken Mother and Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Munnelly/Deasy-Lenihan 16, "A Wint'ry Evening" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Peacock, pp. 447-448, "The Forsaken Mother and Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Mackenzie 62, "The Fatal Snowstorm" (1 text)
  7. DT, FATALSNW*
  8. Roud #175
  9. BI, LP20