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Thread #79832   Message #1449741
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
01-Apr-05 - 11:29 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Barbara Allan (Sarah Makem)
Subject: RE: Origins: Sarah Makem's 'Barbara Allan'?
It was in and about the *Martinmas time,
When the green leaves were a falling,
That Sir John Graham in the west countrie
Fell in love with Barbara Allen.
*September 11. Michaelmas is September 29.

Close to the verses quoted above; from Johnson, 1790 (taken from Bronson, Group B, 40, tune from Oswald, 1740).