Glove, Lyric Variant 02


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Glove, Lyric Variant 02


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


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

Alternative Title

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


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967








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".

Scholarly Classification

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

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