Tag Archives: romance

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 17: Hind Horn

“Hind Horn” in its popular form is a rather sweet ballad about the reunion of two long separated lovers. (All versions can be found here) Most versions start by introducing the hero, who has fallen in love with the king’s … 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 8: Erlinton

Lyrics here. Child says in the notes that he almost included this as a version of Earl Brand and only listed it as a separate ballad because of the happy ending. In version A, Erlinton locks his daughter up in … Continue reading

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Child 7: Earl Brand

I’ve made a new tag titled “messed up family dynamics.”  I get the feeling I will be using it a lot. It is clear that many of these ballads are about a time and place where people have values different from … Continue reading

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