“The Lady's Fall”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1765 (Percy)
Keywords: love sex pregnancy childbirth family death infidelity burial
Found in: Britain


The singer warns listeners against sex before marriage. A lady becomes pregnant by her love, who deserts her. Once the babe is born, she dies, only to have her lover kill himself with sadness


Hales believes this to be by the same author as "The Children in the Wood (The Babes in the Woods)" [Laws Q34] - RBW


  1. Percy/Wheatley III, pp. 139-145, "The Lady's Fall" (1 text)
  2. BBI, ZN1753, "Mark well my heavy doleful Tale"
  3. BI, Perc3139