MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Lady Who Threw Her Glove
Thomas Williams NFLD 2 Tape 12 Track 8
St. Vincent's Audio:
Ballad

Leach: All right
Thomas Williams: (Sings)

In London town there dwelled a lady
And with her beauty none could compare
And she was courted by Lords and Squires
And men of wonder l do declare

She was so high and so condescending
No man on earth could her husband be
Unless he was some great man of honour
Was never conquered on land or sea

They were two brothers that were her lovers
She did admire them above the rest
Intend she was for to try their valour
To see which of them that loved her the best

One of them was a bold sea captain
On board the Tiger fierce man-o-war
And the other of them was a third lieutenant
On board of the cruiser a Jolly Tar

Early one morning a coach got ready
It was by her orders at the break of day
And those two brothers bein' two bright heroes
For London town they rode away

And when they came to London town
She threw her fan in the lion' s den
Sayin' which of ye now will gain a lady
And bring to me back my fan again

Now up speaks the bold sea Captain
As he stood shiv'ring by 'er side
He said in battle l was never daunted
Always inclined for to meet my foe

But where there' s wild beasts wolves and tigers
My strength to them it would prove in vain
Therefore my life l won't put in danger
S'posin' if your favour l should never gain

Now up speaks the third Lieutenant
Wit' a voice like thunder most loud did roar
He said in battle l was never daunted
Always inclined for to be in war

He drew his sword out of his ________
And boldly entered the lions' hall
‘Twas by his valour he bein' so clever
Four of these lions to his blade did fall

When she saw her true love coming
And no harm to him was done
She threw herself into his arms
Sayin' here’s the prize that you dearly won

When the news to the King was carried
Four of his lions they were left slain
He sent for the young man
And well rewarded him for the same

He rose him from a third Lieutenant
And made him Admir’ble o’er the blue
The day unto his true love got married
See what the force of strong love can do

[Laughter]


Notes


History: In a speech at the Oxford and Harvard boat race at Sydenham on August 30, 1869, Charles Dickens makes reference to this story in order to compliment the President of the society, implying that his glove would be worth rescuing (Dickens, 1869).

Text: A woman decides to test her two lovers to see who loves her more. They go to London and she throws her fan into a lions den. The captain is unwilling to risk his life but the lieutenant slays four lions to rescue her fan. She gives herself to him and he is promoted to Admirable by the king for bravery. While the title is noted as “glove” the song uses a “fan.”

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The last word is spoken or laughed. Speaking, instead of singing a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. The meter is approximately 4/4 and the key is C major with a range of an octave from G to G.

Dickens, Charles. 1869(2005). “Speeches Literary and Social by Charles Dickens.”
Website. Cyber Studios Inc. http://www.mostweb.cc/Classics/Dickens/speeches/speeches41.html Last accessed: June 6, 2005.

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