She tells him not to seek his vows, as she has married. He tells her he would never have set foot on land if not for her, and she asks where he would take her if she abandoned her husband and children. He tells her he has seven ships, the eighth which brought him to her. He tells her it is loaded with twenty four mariners and music from every land. She decides to leave her life, kisses her children and boards the ship. There are no mariners, but the mast is gold and the sails are made of taffeta. After about three leagues of sailing, she realizes that he is a demon, and she starts to cry. He tells her to stop crying, and that he will show her how lilies grow on the Italian banks. She asks about beautiful mountains, and he tells her that they are Heaven and she won’t be going there. Instead he is taking her to the cold mountain of Hell. He stamps his foot, breaking the ship to bits, and drowning her.As to the prescribed formula for a ballad, “The Demon Lover” follows it more closely than “The Cherry-Tree Carol” does. The first stanza in “The Cherry-Tree Carol” has three lines of six syllables, and the last line of seven. The differences in syllable lengths carry throughout the poem. “The Demon Lover” stays closer to the eight and six syllable formats. “The Cherry-Tree Carol” follows the iambic description of syllable stress. Ballad: Poetic Form.
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