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The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter
Last updated: 25.01.17
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"The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter" is another song that I first heard Brian Kelly singing in the early 1980's and which I then transcribed. It is quite similar to a version which can be found in One Hundred English Folksongs by Cecil J. Sharpe.
The song is a ballad about a shepherd's daughter, unnamed, asserting her rights, after being "undone" by the ungentlemanly Knight William, before the king himself. What is so interesting about this song socially, is the easy manner in which the king and the wronged maiden talk to each other and the readiness of the king to take the girl's part.
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