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Thread #4297   Message #23358
Posted By: Bruce O.
09-Mar-98 - 03:35 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Flowers and Weeds / Plenty of Thyme
Subject: RE: ADD LYR Flowers and Weeds
This is well known elsewhere by other names. I have little doubt that the Child ballad "The Gardener Lad", "The Seeds of Love", and "The Garden of Thyme" are all from a lost 17th century broadside ballad, probably called "The Maids Garden of Tyme". The sequel to it is "The Young-Mans Answer to the Maids Garden of Tyme", 1696, ZN1741, in my internet broadside index (in the links on this forum's home page as 17th century ballads).