“The Friar in the Well”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1719 (Pills; tune in "The Dancing Master," 1651)
Keywords: humorous trick
Found in: Britain(England(South))

Description

A friar solicits a girl; she is afraid of hell. The friar points out that he can pray her out. That promise, plus cash in advance, wins her consent, but she -- claiming her father is coming -- causes him to fall into a well, dampening his ardor

Cross references

References

  1. Child 276, "The Friar in the Well" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 276, "The Friar in the Well" (3 versions)
  3. Chappell/Wooldridge I, pp. 296-297, "The Maid Peeped out at the Window, or, The Friar in the Well" (1 tune) {Bronson's #1}
  4. Kinloch-BBook VII, pp. 24-29, "The Friar" (1 text)
  5. BBI, ZN219, "As I lay musing all alone"
  6. DT 276, FRIARWEL* FRIARWL2*
  7. Roud #116
  8. BI, C276