Monthly Archives: July 2012

Child 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1, Child had plenty to say about this ballad.  In his notes he describes a rich folkloric history and very different versions of the ballad and the story it tells from all over Europe. Of … Continue reading

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Child 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 1

This ballad is my favorite so far.  They lyrics can be found here. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight tells the story of a young girl who runs off with a strange knight after he either enchants her with music … Continue reading

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Update

Child #4, Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight is kicking my butt.  I love this ballad!  So did Child, apparently, since he felt the need to write 30 pages of notes about it in contrast to the three paragraphs he … Continue reading

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Child 3: The False Knight Upon the Road

Link to the words. Another riddle song.  I’m starting to get tired of riddle songs, though I will admit this one is a bit of a childhood favorite. Once again the devil is disguised as a knight and challenging someone … Continue reading

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Child 2: The Elfin Knight

The lyrics to all of the versions of this ballad can be found here. The “courtship as job interview” theme continues in this ballad, though this time there is more explanation for it in the notes: “A like ballad is … Continue reading

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Child 1: Riddles Wisely Expounded

The first ballad, which can be read here, is a story about a knight challenging a young girl to a game of riddles and offering to marry her if she can answer them right.  In most of the versions, such … Continue reading

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