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The Perjured Maid
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THE PERJURED MAID
Mr. Phillips Barry spotted this song after the editor's long search had failed to identify it and others had not been able to place it. He called atten­tion to the version of The Perjured Maid in a chapbook (Two Old Songs — Falkirk: Printed for the Booksellers) in the Harvard University Library, and has added the following remarks: "It has no date, and belongs in all probability to the first decades of the 19th Century. It is the same song as your Rich ManExtra Tire, which, when I first saw it, impressed me as being what Child would call a 'blurred, enfeebled, and disfigured form' of some­thing quite old and good. There are not a few songs being recorded now which Child would have included in a supplementary volume, if he had lived. In the present case, we have the same motif as in The Suffolk Miracle, the living being made to keep a tryst with the dead, — the only difference being that the Child ballad is a story of parted lovers and The Rich ManExtra Tire a story of infidelity punished. Compare also The Demon Lover"
"The Rich Man Extra Tire." Obtained from Miss Laura Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, in 1928.
1. A rich man extra tire1
Had a beautiful daughter fair. Courted was she by lords and spears; None her favor could remove Till a young sea captain did approve.
2. He was the master of her heart Which caused it both to ache and smart. He came to his love in fine,
Just began to tell his mind.
3.  She kissed his lips and sighed and said: "My love, do not be afraid
If ever I prove false to you While you are sailing on sea."
] trom Exeter.
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