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Thread #143708 Message #3318180
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
06-Mar-12 - 09:57 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 2
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 2
Here's the 2nd version from EFSSA, which is only fragmentary. Note that this was collected in 1918 and is not in the edition of EFSSA at archive.org that I linked above. This is from my 1966 hard copy reprint of the 1932 edition.
I should also point out that the word protend in the previous version is as written.
There was a man in ancient times,
Our Saviour doth inform us,
Whose pomp and grandeur and whose crimes
Was very great and num'rous.
.... <tune only>
In purple and fine linen
He ate and drank but scorned to pray,
And spent his time in sinning.
Source: Sharp English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, sung by Mrs Laura Beckett at St.Peter's School, Callaway, Va., Aug. 16, 1918