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Thread #90597   Message #1719170
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
15-Apr-06 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Subject: RE: 3 Ravens (Ravenscroft) what's it about?
Probably not. A fallow deer (scientific name Dama dama) is simply a kind of deer which occurs in Europe.

My dictionary tells me that "fallow" can be a red-yellow color, and that that is where the name of the deer comes from.

(Before now, I had only heard the word fallow used to describe fields which have no crop planted on them.)

Positing the "fallow doe" is slang for a pregnant woman takes the romance & mystery out of the song. The expression probably doesn't occur anywhere else in literature, otherwise someone would have written a dissertation on it.
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I want to know about these two lines of the song:

She got him up and upon her back
and buried him in earthen lake.

Earthen lake?