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Thread #17304   Message #273227
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
07-Aug-00 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Death of Queen Jane (Child #170)
Subject: RE: Tune Add: The Death Of Queen Jane
Actually, I think that "harbour" is just a mis-hearing of "labour" (by analogy with other songs) somewhere along the line, but it still makes sense.  As you say, royal births had to be more-or-less public to avoid arguments later on, such as the notorious "Warming Pan Affair".