“The Housewife's Lament”

Author: H. A. Fletcher?
Earliest date: 1871
Keywords: work wife lament death burial dream
Found in: US(MA,MW,SE)

Description

The housewife complains of her never-ending war against dirt: "Oh life is a toil and love is a trouble, Beauties will fade and riches will flee, Pleasures they dwindle and prices they double...." At last she dies "and was buried in dirt."

Recordings

References

  1. BrownIII 312, "A Housekeeper's Tragedy" (1 text plus an excerpt)
  2. FSCatskills 97, "Life Is a Toil" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-FSNA 67, "The Housewife's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 184, "The Housewife's Lament" (1 text)
  5. DT, HSEWFLAM
  6. Roud #5472
  7. BI, FSC097