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300 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
LOCKS AND BOLTS
This song appears to be related to Part I of "A Constant Wife" (Rollins, The Pepys Ballads, II, 201, No. 80), a black-letter ballad entered at Stationers' Hall on September 5, 1631, and re-entered March 13, 1656, and March 1, 1675 (Rollins, Analytical Index, Nos. 386-88). I give Part I here as B,
For other texts, see Campbell and Sharp, II, 17; Journal, XLV, 100; XLIX, 236; Henry, FoUc-Songs from the Southern Highlandsf p. 253; Box-bwghe Ballad$t VI, 230 ("The Masterpiece of Love-SongsThe Bold Keeper").
"Locks and Bolts." Contributed by Mrs. Thomas M. Bryant, of Evans-ville, Indiana. Vanderburg County. Learned from the singing of her mother, Mrs. Lucinda McNeely, about fifty years ago. November 30, 1935,
1. I dreamed last night of my truelove;
My arms were all about her; But when I awoke she was not there, And I could not sleep without her.
2. I went down to her father's house,
Inquiring for my sweet one ;x But the answer was, "There's none such here/' Which set my heart to weeping.
3. I heard her voice from up above,
A-calling me at the window: **0 my love, for to be with you,
But the locks and bolts does hinder!"
And I swore that room I'd enter.
5. The locks and bolts to flinders flew;
How the locks and bolts did shatter! That pretty little girl I loved so well, Then quickly I came at her,
'Apparently fm tweetinf, which wotOd make a liett*r rhyme. Cf. B, 5.