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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 11: The Cruel Brother

The lyrics to all versions may be found here. Once more we have a lovely ballad about messed up family dynamics and murder.  In this ballad a man kills his sister on her wedding day because the groom failed to … Continue reading

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Child 9: The Fair Flower of Northumberland

Lyrics are here. In this ballad a Scottish prisoner convinces the teenage daughter of the English lord who is jailing him to help him escape by promising to marry her.  Once they are across the Scottish border he tells her … Continue reading

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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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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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