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Thread #19418 Message #258972
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
16-Jul-00 - 11:55 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: Lucy Wan
Subject: RE: Penguin: Lucy Wan
As the Penguin notes mention, it has been suggested that Lucy/Lizzie Wan may be related to Edward. Bertrand Bronson, in his article The Interdependence of Ballad Tunes and Texts (1944), thought it likely that the former was the older; A. L. Lloyd , in Folk Song in England, states it categorically: "Lucy Wan (out of which grew the famous piece dismally named Edward)..."
See also The Edward Ballad, and Edward., on the DT.
I've had to submit this post in 3 instalments, as I kept getting "insufficient memory" messages; I can only assume that this is due to the particularly high proportion of irrelevant rubbish clogging the Forum just at present...