The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #145512   Message #3366997
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
23-Jun-12 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
For some reason out of the dim past I have the feeling that the very first appearance of this ballad - in Shenstone's Miscellany in the 18th C. - looked very much like a "piss-take" as the Brits quaintly call it.

Am I imagining this?