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Thread #28115   Message #347812
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
28-Nov-00 - 05:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Song V on George Stoole
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Song V on George Stoole
Ritson first gave it in the 1793 edition. He copied it from the sole know exemplar in the Roxburghe collection (ZN707 in my broadside ballad index). It's also given in 'Roxburghe Ballads', I, p. 576, Bell's 'Rhymes of the Northern Bards', and Child, IV, #209, Appendix.

I suspect Ritson's date of c 1610 is a bit to early. It was entered with many others in the Stationers' Register on June 1, 1629, but was not among the massive entry of broadside ballads of Dec. 14, 1624.

Missing above (but given by Ritson) and in Child is the tune direction: "To a Delicate Scottish Tune", which we don't have. Alfred Moffat's comment on the tune "God be with thee Geordie" in the Straloch lute MS, c 1627-9, is (in his MS copy of a transcript with his translations) "incomplete, rythm imperfectly marked and barred wrong".