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The Doctor Lyr Req: Woman dresses as sailor to win her love (28) RE: Lyr Req: Woman dresses as sailor to win her love 21 Apr 10

I don't think this version is quite as uncommon as Pavane seems to, and it happened in real life too (not that Folk isn't real life). I don't know about Celtic, but here are a few to start with. 'On board a man of war' is the story of Susan, who followed her sweet William to China and nursed him when he was wounded. In 'The Valiant Lady' he is a farmer's son, and her father has him press-ganged to keep him away from the daughter, but she follows, nurses him etc. 'The Female Sailor Bold', disguised as a cabinboy, followed her love to America, only to discover he had died, so she signed up on another ship. Similarly 'The Female Rambling Sailor' found her love was drowned, but continued to serve until her death. Then there are the soldier versions, and finally the true stories, of which I have found at least five.

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