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Posted By: 12-stringer
14-Sep-10 - 12:04 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
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Holloway and Black, "Later English Broadside Ballads" (U of Nebraska, 1975), is a collection of ballad sheets from the Madden Collection at Cambridge. Included is this piece, which is annotated "Northern Ireland" and "a very fine ballad":

A New Song, Called Harry Newell

When I came to this town
They call'd me Harry Newell
Now they've chang'd my name
And they call me the raking Jewel

Fal,lal, etc [sic]

They put me to bed
Thinking I was weary
Sleep I could get none
For thinking of my deary

All the night awake
All the day am weary
Sleep I can get none
When I think of my deary

Her cheeks are ruby-red
Her lips are like a cherry
Her eyes as black as a sloe
And her hair as brown as a berry

She is a lovely lass
She has my heart in keeping
When I go to bed
She hinders me from sleeping

I'll send my love a letter
And I will entreat her
In Belfast-town with speed
I will be sure to meet her

Down by the Ropery
All thro' mud and mire
Down by Hampster-Place
There liv'd my heart's desire

She was a beauty bright
There's no one can excell her
She was my heart's delight
I know not what befell her.

Reference is to volume 5, slip-sheet 1325 in the Madden Collection. No date given or estimated.