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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 279
THE LADY'S FAN
Here in folk ballad form is, with some differences, the story told in Browning's 'The Glove," Schiller's "Der Handschuh," Leigh Hunt's "The Glove and the Lions," and other less familiar literary works. The earliest text of the song, as Professor Kittredge has pointed out, is to be found in one of the broadsides of Bishop Percy.
For other texts and references, see Hudson, Folksongs, p. 139; Journal, XLIX, 227; Kittredge, "The Ballad of The Den of Lions" in Modern Language Notes, XXVI, 113, 167; Mackenzie, Ballads, p. 82; Shearin, The Sewanee Review, April, 1911; JFSS, V, 114 (air), 258; Ord, The Bothy Songs and Ballads, p. 393; Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, p. 87.
No title given. Contributed by Mrs. T. M. Bryant, of Evansville, Indiana. Vanderburg County. January 2, 1936.
1. Down in Carlyle there lived a lady
And she was beautiful and gay; And she was determined to live a lady, And no man could her betray,
2. Unless it was a man of honor,
A man of honor by land or sea, Until at length there came two brothers This fair lady for to see.
3. One he was a bold Lieutenant,
A bold Lieutenant, a man of war; The other was a bold sea captain,
Belonged to the ship called Karnal-Car.1
4. Then up spoke this fair young lady,
"I ne'er can be but one man's bride; So come ye here tomorrow morning, And we will this case decide."
5. She called for horse and coach all ready,
All ready to be at her command, And so together those three they marched Until they came to a lion's den.
1 This is & mistake for Colonel Cmr, the captain's eomraander. The afelp was the T%#r, (See Christie, STrwWtowtf Baflad Aim, H, 128.)