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Thread #85953   Message #2988423
Posted By: Kent Davis
16-Sep-10 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Devil's NINE Questions
Subject: RE: Origins: The Devil's NINE Questions
Regarding whether or not the question "What is meaner than womankind?" is spurious, it may be of interest to note that, in THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH POPULAR BALLADS, "Captain Wedderburn's Courtship" (Child #46), one may find the following questions and answers:

version A, (collection of anthologist David Herd, 1732-1810)
stanza 12 - "What's war than a woman's wish"         
stanza 13 - "The deil's war than woman's wish..."   

version B
stanza 16 - "O what is worse than woman's wish..."
stanza 17 - "The devil's waur than woman's wish..."

version C, Frederick Sheldon, MINSTRELSY OF THE ENGLISH BORDER, p.232
stanza 8 - "And what is worse than woman's voice..."
stanza 9 - "The devil's worse than woman's voice..."   

Kent