[Victorian Comic Song] “Beautiful Young Widow Brown” (1865) by Arthur Lloyd


Beautiful Young Widow Brown (1865)Some time ago taking a walk out,
Smoking my weed and thinking of nothing;
A beautiful lady did stalk out,
Of a villa at Camden Town:
I ran up to the door that she left, ‘cos
I wanted to know who she was, and was told
Of her husband the lady bereft was
And they called her the young Widow Brown.
But she was a most beautiful lady,
Curly black hair, features so fair;
I fell quite in love with this lady
Beautiful young Widow Brown.

When the servant this news had imparted,
I followed the lady and soon overtook her;
Not far from the place where she’d started,
Taking a bus for the Town:
On the outside I then got a seat too,
For inside they were full and I couldn’t get near her;
But I was determined I’d speak to
The beautiful young Widow Brown.

The driver pull’d up at a street, as
The Widow got out, and of course I soon follow’d;
And saw that she’d beautiful feet, as
She daintily lifted her gown:
Now ‘twas raining, so thinks I, old fellow,
Here’s a good chance, so politely going up to her;
Offer’d my arm and umbrella,
Which was accepted by young Widow Brown.

I became then a constant frequenter.
Of her house, which was in Fitzroy Square;
And the choiciest of articles often I sent her,
And for her would run up and down:
I bought her a carriage to ride in,
And offered to wed, but her word she’d not give:
In a fortnight, or so I’ll decide in,
Said beautiful young Widow Brown.

In a fortnight I called on the lady,
To get her decision, but wasn’t I sold;
For she’d married a man called O’Grady,
And that morning they’d both left the town;
I thought of her many times after,
And the money I’d spent, but I’m not such a fool now;
Tho’ friends often greet me with laughter,
When they speak of the young Widow Brown.
But she’s married to Mr O’Grady,
With her curly black hair, features so fair;
And I hear that she’s now got a baby,
Has the beautiful late Widow Brown.

Nadine Muller

Nadine Muller

Nadine is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research covers the literary and cultural histories of women, gender, and feminism from the nineteenth century through to the present day. She is currently completing a monograph on the Victorian widow (Liverpool University Press, 2019), and is leading War Widows' Stories, a participatory arts and oral history project on war widows in Britain.

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