Gee, what a powerful song. I take it that the Version in the Digital Tradition is the A.L. Lloyd version, but the notes in the entry are not clear about that. If anyone has the Lloyd version, could you compare it to the DT version for us?
There's not much at the Traditional Ballad Index:
Prince Heathen [Child 104]DESCRIPTION: Prince Heathen takes a girl against her will. He rapes her and offers her extreme cruelty, all to break her will. She never yields. At last her babe is born. After further abuse, bringing her close to death, her spirit fails; at last he acts human
KEYWORDS: rape abuse pregnancy
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Child 104, "Prince Heathen" (2 texts)
DT 104, PRINHEAT
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