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Thread #17303   Message #265916
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
27-Jul-00 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: Tune Add: Death and the Lady
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Death And The Lady
Originally missing, the Bodley Ballads website now has a listing for the 17th century copy licensed by Richard Pocock, 1685-8, but has not yet added the GIF. [Wood 417(129). I pointed out this missing ballad to them several months ago].

The licensing by R. P. indicates that it was not a reissue of an older ballad. What is curious is that there is a slightly older ballad, "Beauties Warning-piece", (ZN1415 in my broadside ballad index at which is obviously made up of parts of two ballads, and the second part of this is very similar to "The Great Messenger of Morality = Death and the Lady". So it seems that "Death and the Lady" was modeled on an older unknown ballad, or on the 2nd part of "Beauties Warning-piece".