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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 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 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 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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