They commented in the album's booklet:. This extremely popular traditional ballad is of considerable antiquity and a great number of different versions have been collected. According to Chappell, the first broadside version was published as early as by Henry Gosson. Child prints 14 texts. The version here is a collation of American and Nova Scotian variants. She commented in her sleeve notes:. Neither Grandma nor Jane ever knew more of the ballad.
Little Musgrave Songtext
This song exists in many textual variants and has several variant names. Little Musgrave or Matty Groves, Little Matthew Grew and other variations goes to church on a holy day either "the holy word to hear" or "to see fair ladies there". He sees Lord Barnard's wife, the fairest lady there, and realises that she is attracted to him. She invites him to spend the night with her, and he agrees when she tells him her husband is away from home. Lord Barnard promises the page a large reward if he is telling the truth and to hang him if he is lying. Lord Barnard and his men ride to his home, where he surprises the lovers in bed.
Little Musgrave is a small village in the Eden district of Cumbria , England. The village lies within the historic county of Westmorland. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the village in Cumbria. For the folk song, see Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Added by tsk. Detailed search. The first publication date of the earliest known extant broadside of this ballad actually occurred between and , the years in which its publisher, Henry Gosson, was in business. A verse from the ballad is also used in a play by Beaumont and Fletcher entitled "Knight of the Burning Pestle" circa , although the ballad may date back to as early as the 13th century. Lady Barnard convinces Little Musgrave to sleep with her as her husband is away. Lord Barnard returns unexpectedly, kills Little Musgrave in a duel and his wife thereafter after she states a preference for the dead Musgrave. In some versions Lord Barnard commits suicide.