William Taylor

The rather arresting portrait is of Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1778-1841), later Queen of Hanover. A strong character, like the lady in our song.

Notwithstanding the violence this almost burlesque song collected by Cecil Sharp was printed in Folk Songs for Schools in 1910.

“If young folks from Wells to London, Were served the same as she served he, Then young girls would all be undone, And very scarce young men would be.”

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