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Thread #2574   Message #2744287
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
12-Oct-09 - 02:09 PM
Thread Name: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
Subject: RE: The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw-child miner
I think the Mistletoe Bough is earlier than that Dave. Bayly died in 1839, and I think I've seen 1820 as a date for The Mistletoe Bough (though a play of that name dates from 1834, so it may be later). The dated copies of The Workhouse Boy at the Bodleian only definitely put it before 1844 I think (though with an earliest possible date as 1819), and the copy titles The Vorkhouse Boy gives The Mistletoe Bough as the tune. I suspect The Workhouse Boy was modelled on the Mistletoe Bough rather than the other way round.

Mick