Glove, Lyric Variant 02


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Glove, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf, typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. The lower left corner was folded into the laminate. There are several minor tears at the right edge. There is a minor tear at the upper left edge. The document is a carbon duplicate.


Ballads, Spanish -- United States Ballads, Italian -- United States Ballads, French -- United States Ballads, English -- United States Ballads, Scots -- United States Courtship -- Songs and music Courage -- Songs and music Lions -- Songs and music

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Der Handschuh. The Glove and the Lions. The Lion's Den. The Lady of Carlisle. The Distressed Lady, or a Trial of True Love in Five Parts. The Bostonshire Lady. The Faithful Lover, or the Hero Rewarded. The Bold Lieutenant. The Den of Lions. The Lady and the Fan


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Squire's Sons

Once there was a fair young lady,
She was beautiful and gay,
And she made a resolution
That no man should her betray.

Let him be a man of honor,
Let him be on land or sea,
The Squire's sons two loving brothers,
Came this fair lady for to see.

Then went home these loving brother,
Not dreaming of their dismal doom,
While she lay lisping on her pillow,
Until the morning light should come.

And then she called for coach and horses,
All ready in attendance be
While I ride on to yonder mountains,
The roaring lions for to see.

She rode on to yonder mountains
The lions they were fumbling round
And for the space of one half hour,
She lay quite senseless on the ground.

And when at last she did recover,
Into the den she threw her fan,
Saying, "Either of you to win a lover
Will go and bring my fan again.

Then up and spoke the noble captain,
Saying, "Madam, your offer I do refuse,
For in that den there is great danger,
In there a man his life would lose".

Then up and spoke the brave Lieutenant,
He raised his voice so loud and high,
Saying, "Im a man a man of honor,
I'll go and bring your fan or die".

Down into the den he entered, the lions
They were fierce and grim,
But he stamped and he stormed
All around and about them,
And looked at them as fierce again.

He stamped and he stormed all round and about them,
Until the lions grew quite calm,
When lo! he stooped and the fan he gathered,
Returning to his love again.

And when she saw that he was coming,
And unto him no harm was done,
Into his arms she flew a running,
For him to enjoy the prize he had won.

Then up and spoke the noble Captain,
He spoke like a man who was troubled in mind,
Saying, I'll go down in some lone valley,
And mourn until the day I die".

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Glove, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The Squire's Sons

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 89 Laws, O 25 Combs, 108

Dimensions - Original

217 mm x 357 mm

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