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Thread #143842   Message #3330285
Posted By: Steve Gardham
28-Mar-12 - 04:40 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads in 18th c. America?
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads in 18th c. America?
I have carried out an extensive comparative study of all versions of Lady Alice and Child 42 George Collins and like many others have come to the conclusion that they are the same ballad. I also think some of the later versions may be burlesques of an older lost ballad. They certainly read like the burlesques of other ballads, Lord Lovel, Barbara Allen, Demon Lover, etc.

The earliest version I have is in Gammer Gurton's Garland 1810 under the title, Giles Collins and Proud Lady Ann. I'll check to see if it's also in earlier editions.