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Child 19: King Orfeo

King Orfeo is a happy-ending version of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, with fairies in place of… well, death. Child only collected one version, which can be found here, and there are several large portions missing.  The notes explain … Continue reading

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Child # 18: Sir Lionel

The central story throughout all versions of this ballad is about a man having an epic fight with a boar and then having to fight the boar’s angry owner.  The lyrics for all versions can be found here. Version A, from … Continue reading

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Child 16: Sheath and Knife

It is talked about the warld  all over, The brume blooms bonnie and says it is fair The king’s dochter gaes wi child to her brither. And we’ll never gang doun to the brume onie mair Here is a happy … Continue reading

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Child 15: Leesome Brand

Child collected two versions of Leesome Brand.  Both can be found here.  I’m not sure why he classified them as the same ballad, since they look to me like two very different stories.  Version A is an odd, and kind … Continue reading

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Child 14: Babylon; or The Bonnie Banks O Fordie

Babylon, or The Bonnie Banks of Fordie is a tragic ballad about a ruthless killer who fails to recognize his own close family members.  It is also the English/Scottish variation of the ballad that would eventually inspire the films The … Continue reading

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Child 13: Edward

Lyrics are here. In this ballad, as with Lord Randal, the hero is again talking to his mother as she questions him about an incident that has just happened.  This time, she is asking him why there is blood in … Continue reading

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Child 12: Lord Randal

 ‘O where have you been, Lord Randal, my son? And where have you been, my handsome young man?’ ‘I ha been at the greenwood; mother make my bed soon, For I’m wearied wi hunting and fain wad lie down’ -Version … Continue reading

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