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Thread #3324   Message #16341
Posted By: Bruce O.
18-Nov-97 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Greensleeves History of
Subject: RE: Greensleeves History of
I shouldn't have said 'earliest text', but 'only text'. I have never seen a traditional text of the song, and the song has nothing to do with Christmass. The tune has been collected traditionally. Somewhat surprisingly the song was considered to be a lost one from about 1625 to nearly 1800, when the text in 'A Handfull of Pleasant Delights' was rediscovered.