Lord Bateman was a noble lord
He sailed east and he sailed west
Here in this prison there grew a tree
"Has you got houses has you got land
"I have got houses and I have got land
She took him to her father's castle
"Seven long years I will make a vow
When seven long year had gone and passed
Said she, "Is this Lord Bateman's castle
"Tell him to send me a slice of cake
Then up spoke his young bride's mother
"I own I've made a bride of your daughter
Another wedding was prepared
(speaks) Amen: all clear (laughter)
Sources: Child ballad #53, "Young Beichen"; Mercer 198; Greenleaf 1968: 17, Karpeles 1934: 88; Peacock 210 (2 versions); recorded by Anita Best on Crosshanded (Amber, 1997); Roud 40; for a long list of variants and recordings, see http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html .
History: Also called "Young Beichan," the popularity of this ballad was enhanced by numerous broadside publications in the 19 th century. The narrative is also found in the folklore of Spain, Italy, and Scandinavian countries.
Text notes: An exotic tale in which Lord Bateman is imprisoned, usually in a Turkish jail, rescued by the daughter of the jailor. They promise to wed in seven years. She seeks him out after this time but finds he has just married another. But he frees himself in order to marry the jailor's daughter.
Tune notes: Bronson notes that the earliest tunes (dating from the late 18 th century) are in duple time while more recent ones are generally in triple metre. This performance tends toward 5/8. Peacock collected two tunes, one in 5/4. Anita Best sings a variant of this tune on her solo album, Cross-handed.
Leach also collected this from Mr.M. Curran of Calvert.
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