A great king has a daughter (Lady Diamond, Daisy, Dysmal, or Dysie), who falls in love with his kitchen boy. She becomes pregnant. Her father demands to know the boy, and she tells him. He has the kitchen boy secretly murdered, but then, in most variants, brings his heart to his daughter. She dies. In most variants, the king laments the deaths.
A corresponding Scandinavian ballad (TSB D 390) exists in Danish ("Hertug Frydenborg", DgF 305), Swedish ("Hertig Fröjdenborg och fröken Adelin", SMB 172), and (fragmentary) Norwegian ("Frydenborg og Adelin") variants.
- Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "Lady Diamond"
- Helen Child Sargent, ed; George Lymn Kittredge, ed English and Scottish Popular Ballads: Cambridge Edition p 583 Houghton Mifflin Company Boston 1904
- Child, Francis James (1894). "269. Lady Diamond". The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. pp. 30–31. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
- "TSB D 390 Frydenborg og Adelin". Norske mellomalderballadar: Riddarballadar 2 (in Norwegian). Nasjonalbiblioteket. 2016. ISBN 978-82-7965-295-3. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
|This folk song-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|