Sweet Florella (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Jealous Lover (MacEdward Leach)

The moon was shining brightly,
So bright as ever shined,
All to this fair girl's cottage
A jealous lover came.

Saying, "My sweet Florella,
Will you take a walk with me
Down by the dark green river
To fix our wedding day?"

The walk being long and weary,
The night being coming on,
Said she, "I'm tired of walking,
I wish I could return."

"Oh no, my sweet Florella,
You never will return,
Through those dark woods I have brought you,
No one but you and me."

'Twas on her knees she bended,
Crying, "Spare me oh my life!"
And in her snowy-white bosom
He plunged the dreadful knife.

"Go home and tell my parents
That I am dying here,
And they may come and see me
And read one only prayer.

"Oh, Jimmy, I'll forgive you
If you'll spare me my life,
But since you showed no mercy
My eyes are closed in death."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an American traditional ballad, The Jealous Lover (Florella, Floella, Blue-Eyed Ella) [Laws F1A] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1950/1964) ....####

Collected in 1959 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Wallace (Amelia J) Kinslow [1903-1985] of Isle aux Morts, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.632-633, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also sung by Theresa White [ca.1934-?] of Port au Port, NL, and published as Jealous Lover in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Kenneth Peacock noted that this is an American ballad freely based on an English broadside and a sentimental English song by T H Bayly called She Never Blamed Him, [She Never Blamed Him, Never], published by H Such of London, UK, between 1863 and 1865, written in the 1820s and widely popular during the American Civil War. However, some doubt is cast on Peacock's note by Ben Schwartz, a member of the Editorial Board of the Ballad Index at California State University, Fresno.


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