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Thread #83746   Message #1543504
Posted By: MartinRyan
16-Aug-05 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bantry Girl's Lament
Subject: RE: Origins: Bantry Girls lament

I have two copies of Sparling. Only the earlier (1887) contains the song. No music. Sparling writes:
"Taken from Graves' collection; on ballad-slips I have only seen very confused versions".

This refers to A P Graves "Songs of Irish Wit and Humour", published 1884. Graves' book has neither music nor notes on sources - at least not in my copy.

The version is the full 5 verses. Haven't checked it down to the exact words.