Collection of eighty street ballads on forty sheets, mostly with a woodcut printed at London, the majority by J. Catnach (1820ñ1830). London: n.p., n.d. University of Minnesota Libraries. WILSON Rare Books Quarto 820.1 C683.
Broadside pasted to album leaf 17, containing "The Golden Glove"
(left column), and "The Keel Row" and "The Minute-Gun
at Sea" (right column).
He courted a nobleman's daughter so fair,
And for to marry her it was his intent,
All friends and relations gave their consent.
The time was appointed for the wedding day,
A young farmer was appointed to give her away<,>
As soon as the farmer the young lady did spy,
He inflamed her heart, O my heart<,> she did cry<.>
She turn'd from the squire but nothing she said<,>
Instead of being married she took to her bed<.>
The thoughts of the farmer so run in her mind<,>
A way for to have him she quickly did find<.>
Coat, waistcoat & tro<u>sers she then did put on,
And a hunting she went with her dog & her gun.
She hunted all <ë>round where the farmer did dwell
Because in her heart she did love him full well<.>
She oftentimes fired, but nothing she kill'd,
At leng<th> the young farmer came into the field,
And to discourse with him it was her intent,
With her dog and her gun to meet him she went<.>
I thought you had been at the wedding<,> she cry'd<,>
To wait on the squire, and give him his bride;
No sir<,> said the farmer<,> I'll take sword in hand,
By honour I'll gain her whenever she commands<.>
It pleased the lady to find him so bold<,>
She gave him a glove that was flower'd with gold;
And told him she found it when coming along
As she was a hunting with her dog & her gun<.>
The lady went home with a heart full of love,
And gave out a notice that she'd lost a glove,
An<d> the man that found it & brought it to me<,>
The man that did bring it her husband should be<.>
The farmer was pleased when <he> heard of the news,
With a heart full of love to the lady he goes<.>
Dear honoured lady I have pick'd up a glove,
And hope you will be pleased <t>o grant me your <l>ove.
It is already granted<,> I will be your bride,
I love the sweet breath of a farmer she cried,
I'll be mistress of my dairy & milking my cows
While my jolly farmer is whistling at plough.
And when she was married she told of her fun
How she went a hunting with her dog & gun<.>
<B>ut now I have got him fast in a snare<,>
<I'll> enjoy h<i>m for ever, I vow and declare<.>
Basic transcription and commentary (below) by Eric Welle. Pointed brackets mark emendations.
The broadside ballad "The Golden Glove" inverts many of the traditional societal norms of early-modern England. The female character is of the aristocratic class, and traditionally, such a woman would marry a man of equal or superior status. She is depicted as disregarding this relationship to pursue her heart and marry a farmer, someone of inferior status. Not only does she choose her husband independently, but she disregards the barriers of class when doing so. This female character is the epitome of a "disorderly woman" (Wiltenberg 1992): she is unwilling to conform to societal standards. And yet she is not portrayed as being a menace to the patriarchal order. The father is simply absent in this narrative, and the originally intended husband is hardly visible. The absence of a dominating male figure implies that the heroine is not subject to any man: she is her own woman and follows her will. Her transvestitism further suggests her "disorderly" nature.
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