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Roberto Child Ballads survived in oral trad. (101* d) RE: Child Ballads survived in oral trad. 03 Sep 10

Thank you, Matthew. Yes, Jeannie Robertson first recites three stanzas, and then she sings four. I didn't know the tune is American.

Jeannie Robertson recites:

A knock come tae the kitchen door
It sounded through a' the room
That Mary Hamilton had a wee wain
To the highest man in the toon

Where is that wain you had last nicht?
Where is that wain, I say? –
I hadna a wain to you last nicht
Nor yet a wain today

But he sairched high, and he sairched low
And he sairched below the bed
And it was there he found his ain dear wain
It was lying in a pool of blood

She sings:

Yestreen there was four Marys
This nicht we'll hae but three
There was Mary Seaton and Mary Beaton
And Mary Carmichael, and me

O, oft-times I hae dressed my queen
And put gowd in her hair
But little I got for my reward
Was the gallis to be my share

O little did my mother ken
The day she cradled me
The land I was to travel in
Or the death I was tae dee

O happy happy is the maid
That is born of beauty free
It was my dimple and rosy cheeks
That was the ruin o' me

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