#01205
Lord Bateman (MacEdward Leach) video
See also Lord Bateman (Kenneth Peacock)
#1049: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Lord Bateman was a noble lord,
A noble lord of high degree;
He shipped himself on board of a ship,
From some foreign country he would go see.

He sailed east and he sailed west,
Until he came unto Turkey;
Where he was taken and put in prison,
Until his life it grew quite weary.

Here in this prison there grew a tree,
It grew so very stout and strong;
Where he was chained around the middle,
Until his life it was almost gone.

This Turk he had but one only daughter,
So fair a creature as your eyes did see;
She stole the keys of her father's prison,
And swore Lord Bateman she would set free.

"Has you got houses has you got land,
And does Northumberland belong to thee?
What would you give to the fair young lady,
That out of prison would set you free?"

"I have got houses and I have got land,
And that Northumberland belongs to me;
I'd give it all to the fair young lady,
That out of prison would set me free."

She took him to her father's castle,
And gave to him the best of wine;
And every health that she drank to him was,
"I wish Lord Bateman that you were mine.

"Seven long years I will make a vow,
And seven long years I will keep it strong;
If you will wed with no other woman,
Then I will wed with no other man."

When seven long years had gone and passed,
And fourteen days well known to me;
She packed up her gay golden clothing,
And said Lord Bateman she would go see.

So when she reached Lord Bateman's castle,
So boldly there she rang the bell;
"Who's there who's there?"
cried the proud young porter,
"Who's there who's there, unto me tell."

Said she, "Is this Lord Bateman's castle,
Or is his Lordship here within?"
"Oh, yes, oh, yes," cried the proud young porter,
"He's just now taken his young bride in."

"Tell him to send me a slice of cake,
And a bottle of the best of wines;
Not to forget the fair young lady,
That did release him when he was close confined."

Lord Bateman in a passion flew,
His sword he broke in splinters three;
"I will have all my father's riches,
Now since Sophia has crossed the sea."

Then up spoke his young bride's mother,
Who was never known to speak so free:
"You made a bride of my only daughter,
Although Sophia has crossed the sea."

"I own I've made a bride of your daughter,
She's none the better nor worse for me;
She came to me on a horse and saddle,
She may go back in a coach and three."

Another wedding was prepared,
With both their hearts so full of glee;
"I'll roam no more to foreign countries,
Since Sophia has come to me."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of Young Belchan [Child ballad #53] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Lord Bateman, published by W Armstrong (Liverpool) sometime between 1820 and 1824, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(174) ....####
This variant was collected in 1950 from Raymond Noseworthy [1914-1985] of Pouch Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A fractured variant was collected in 1950 from Martin Curran [1866-1954] of Calvert, NL, and also published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video above features a variant performed by Raymond Crooke of Hong Kong and Melbourne, Australia.

A longer, twenty-one verse variant was collected by Kenneth Peacock and also published as Lord Bateman in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.210-213, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant and two tunes were collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best, one in 1976 from Moses (Uncle Mose) Harris [1911-?] of Lethbridge, NL, and one in 1977 from Mrs William (Katherine {Kate} Murray) Wilson [1893-1979] of Placentia, NL, and published as #68, Lord Bateman in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.118-119, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that in The Ballad Book, William Allingham writes of 'Young Beichan': "This very popular ballad, of which there are numerous versions seems founded on an adventure of Gilbert Becket, father of the famous archbishop." Lehr added, though this idea has been disputed by some scholars and accepted by others, there is little doubt that the ballad is of some antiquity.

A variant was also recorded by Anita Best (Crosshanded, Amber, 1997).


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