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Thread #155622   Message #3662756
Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Sep-14 - 03:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lovely Joan
Handsome Joan The Dairy Maid

I'll tell you of a worthy knight,
That fell in love with a maiden bright,
And many a wanton trick he play'd
On handsome Joan, the dairy maid.

He mounted on his milk white steed,
And away he went to yon hill head,
And there he met with handsome Joan,
As she sat milking all alone.

He pulled out a purse of gold,
And said, Fair maid, do you this behold!
All this I would give for your maiden-head;
And her cheeks they blush'd like roses red.

Indeed, kind sir, you must be denied,
To-morrow I am to be a bride,
To-morrow I am to be wed,
And my love shall enjoy my maiden-head.

This will buy you sheep, this will buy you kye,
And all your wants this will supply;
And this will do more good to you,
Than twenty maiden-heads would do.

Indeed, kind sir, you must forbear,
I'd rather wear my gown thread bare,
Than play the wanton with you here,
And then to go and face my dear.

He curs'd, he damn'd, he vow'd, he swore,
He would whether she would or no:
These words they frighten'd handsome Joan,
As she sat milking all alone.

She said, Kind sir, there's no time to stand,
But give to me the purse in hand;
And as he lighted from his steed,
Your most obedient, sir, she said.

As he was looking for a bed,
She mounted on his milk-white steed;
And as he turn'd him round again,
Like light'ning Joan rode o'er the plain.

He call'd, he bawl'd, he bid her stay,
But she ne'er minded but rode away;
And as her heart was very glad,
The knight was standing raving mad.

She would neither stop nor stand
Till she came to her lover's land;
and to her love she did declare
It was the knight that chas'd her there.

With her love she would not stay,
But mounted her steed and rode away;
She rode off with her purse of gold,
And left the knight the pails to hold.

Marshall, Printer, Newcastle.

I can see nothing here that says this piece is any older than c1800. There are a few nods in the language to the older ballads but there were plenty of imitations about at that time. It's not in ballad metre and is not of ballad rhyming scheme