Queen of the May

DESCRIPTION: Singer meets a young woman. She says she has come to gather may. He asks to go with her; she refuses, for fear of being led astray. He kisses her; they wander through the meadows as he picks may. Next morning he marries her to preserve her reputation.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1832 (Journal from the Bengal)
KEYWORDS: courting love sex marriage wedding
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South,West))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 190-192, "Queen of the May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, p. 300, "Johnny the Ploughboy" (1 fragment) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 235)
Cologne/Morrison, pp. 54-55, "The Queen of May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-100E 53, "As I Walked Through the Meadows" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Reeves-Sharp 6, "As I Walked Through the Meadows" (1 text)
Reeves-Circle 107, "Queen of the May" (1 text)
RoudBishop #35, "Queen of the May" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #594
Bodleian, Firth c.18(154), "The Queen of May" ("When the winter is gone and the summer is come"), J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 11(299), Harding B 11(2727), Johnson Ballads 3069 , Johnson Ballads 804, Firth c.14(85), Johnson Ballads 1510 View 1 of 2[many lines illegible], "The Queen of May"
cf. "The Green Bushes" [Laws P2] (theme)
Now the Winter Is Past
The Handful of May
The Plowboy's Courtship
NOTES [46 words]: This reminds me a lot of "Green Bushes" (Laws P2). The imagery is largely the same, and there are reminiscences in the wording. But the end results are different. - RBW
Although it's never made explicit, especially in Cecil Sharp, I know a line of asterisks when I see one! -PJS
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File: SWMS190

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