“The Stolen Bride”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: love death hate hardheartedness family execution revenge feud homicide
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"Down by the river, the willows grow tall, Whippoorwill calling, hear their sad call." The girl is in love with a man from a family who is feuding with her own. Her father captures her lover. She begs for his life; refused, she accepts death beside him

Supplemental text

Stolen Bride, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Jean Thomas, Ballad Makin', pp. 20-21.

Down by the river, the willows grow tall,
Whippoorwill calling, hear their sad call.
Hear their sad call, dear, hear their sad call,
Down by the river hear their sad call.

Over the mountain comes his fair bride,
Knowing full well he's on the wrong side.
Knowing he's sworn to murder and kill
All of her kinsmen over the hill.

"Traitors must doe, dear," said these stern men,
"You have betrayed your own blooded kin.
Kneel you both down, for nothing can save,
Here you shall rest, both in the same grave."

(Stanzas 1, 4, 9 of 10)

Notes

Not the best poetry, but a very strong theme; I'm surprised this piece hasn't been collected somewhere outside of Thomas. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 20-21, "The Stolen Bride" (1 text)
  2. ST ThBa020 (Partial)
  3. BI, ThBa020