Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick

Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick

Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick or Burd Bell (Child ballad # 257; Roud # 107) is a traditional folk song framed with explicit warnings about loving above your station.

ynopsis

Burd Isabel, a servant, becomes pregnant. When she bears a son, Earl Patrick, the boy's father, resolves to marry her, but is persuaded not to, by his family. Soon, he marries a duke's daughter. He resolves to bring his son to his home, but first he sends his aunt (or great-aunt) and then goes himself, to the same effect: Burd Isabel refuses to give her son up.

External links

* [http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch257.htm "Burd Isabel and Earl Patrick"]


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