“The Sailor and the Shepherdess”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1813 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 25(1698))
Keywords: sailor courting marriage
Found in: Canada(Mar) Ireland


A wandering young sailor, seeing a shepherdess asleep by the sea, goes up to her and kisses her. Surprised into wakefulness, she begins to cry, but the sailor offers marriage, and she accepts



  1. Laws O8, "The Sailor and the Shepherdess"
  2. Mackenzie 53, "The Sailor and the Shepherdess" (1 text)
  3. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 37, "The Shepherdess" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. SHenry H104, p. 457, "The Gentle Shepherdess" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT 473, SAILSHEP
  6. Roud #959
  7. BI, LO08