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Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Feb-04 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: Lovely Joan
Subject: RE: Penguin: Lovely Joan
Here are the notes from Penguin:
Here's the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index:

Lovely Joan

DESCRIPTION: Young man, out riding, comes upon Joan. He offers her a ring/purse of gold in return for a roll in the hay; she says the ring is more use to her than 20 maidenheads. She takes the ring, then hops on his horse and rides off to her true love's gate.
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: virtue seduction bargaining trick virginity
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Sharp-100E 57, "Sweet Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 64, "Lovely Joan" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #592
cf. "The Broomfield Hill" (Child 43) and references there
Notes: Damn fool. -PJS
In Sharp's bowdlerized version, the young man asks Joan to marry him and says that the purse of gold is worth more than twenty husbands! - (PJS)
File: ShH57

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