“The Queenstown Mourner (In the Town of Danville)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (copy of broadside)
Keywords: courting poverty death mourning
Found in: US(NE)


The singer tells of his courtship to a fine young girl, stressing his unworthiness and poverty. They are wed even so, but the wife dies suddenly. The ballad stresses its moralistic conclusion that life is short


  1. Laws H14, "The Queenstown Mourner"
  2. Flanders/Brown, pp. 29-33, "In the Township of Danville/The Queenstown Mourner" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  3. DT 683, QTNMOURN
  4. Roud #2195
  5. BI, LH14