Child Owlet

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"Child Owlet" is Child ballad 291 and a murder ballad. It was performed by English folk-rock band Steeleye Span on their 2004 album They Called Her Babylon and by Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on the album Tomorrow Will Follow Today. It is viewed negatively[1] by many.[2]


Lady Erskine tries to seduce her husband's nephew, Child Owlet. He refuses. She stabs herself and tells her husband that he had tried to seduce her. He puts Child Owlet to death by having him torn apart by wild horses.

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  1. ^ Zierke, Reinhard; Lawton, Jim. "Child Owlet [ Roud 3883 ; Child 291 ; Ballad Index C291 ; trad. / Maddy Prior]". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Reinhard Zierke. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Child Owlet". Springthyme. Archived from the original on 14 May 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2016.