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Thread #130717   Message #2943162
Posted By: Joe Offer
10-Jul-10 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: The Half-Hitch [Half Hitch]
Subject: RE: Song Add: The Half-Hitch
Thanks, Artful Codger - MIDI links added. Hey, and Songs from the Hills of Vermont is available at Google Books for full review online.


Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Half-Hitch, The [Laws N23]

DESCRIPTION: A girl pretends to refuse her fiance. Finally he gives up, promising to marry the first girl he sees. She disguises herself as the ugliest woman possible and makes sure he sees her. He asks her to marry; she consents. She reveals herself after they wed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1919 (Sturgis and Hughes)
KEYWORDS: courting disguise trick marriage
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Bronson (31), 1 version
Laws N23, "The Half-Hitch"
BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 382-389, "The Loathly Bride" (1 text plus a version reprinted from Sturgis)
Flanders/Brown, pp. 236-239, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text)
Flanders/Olney, pp. 33-37, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's (#1) in the appendix to #31}
Flanders-Ancient1, pp. 265-275, "The Half-Hitch" (2 texts plus a fragment, 1 tune) {Bronson's (#1) in the appendix to #31}
Sturgis/Hughes, pp. 58-65, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text, 1 tune)
ThompsonNewYork, pp. 417-421, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text)

Roud #1887
cf. "The Marriage of Sir Gawain" [Child 31]
NOTES: This text is associated by some editors (e.g. notably Flanders) with Child 31, "The Marriage of Sir Gawain." It should be noted, however, that the only themes the two have in common are a marriage made for honour rather than love and an ugly woman who turns out to be beautiful (themes also found in "King Henry," Child 32). - RBW
Last updated in version 4.0
File: LN23

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