Seven Months Married

There are many traditional songs on this theme, some amusing, some not. Such marriages might be arranged for financial gain, some for status or in hope of an easier life, some in the hope that the old man might die and leave the young woman free to wed the man she loves. George Gardiner collected the song from Frank Philips of Stoney Cross, Hampshire in October 1907.

The painting is The Unequal Marriage, 1862 by Vasili Pukirev.

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