In Wexford city there lived a lady
She says, "My dear I'm too young to marry
A short time after this pretty fair one
As she was dancing all with another
A glass of liquor he then got ready
Soon as she drank it soon then she felt it
As they were walking along together
"I drank the same oh my dearest loved one
Sources: also called "Wexford Girl" and "Wexford City"; Mercer 193; Laws P35; Peacock 634. Creighton 1971:194, Brewster 204; Cox 311; MacKenzie 293; or Morris 336; Roud 263. A variant of the seduction murder theme with the same title was also collected by Leach from Patrick Power, also of Cape Broyle.
History: Some folklorists relate this song to a British broadside, entitled "The Berkshire Tragedy," that dates from ca 1700. But similar narratives exist in many traditions (see http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html).
Text notes: A seduction- murder ballad, here involving poisin. In some other variants, such as the one published by Peacock, the nature of the crime differs and perpetrator of the crime is hanged. .
Tune notes: The melody is in triple metre and a major key. The form is aaab. This tune bears no resemblance to 8A/3.
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