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Thread #151087 Message #3523564
Posted By: Steve Gardham
06-Jun-13 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Off the top of my head. Always verify any Payne Collier ballads from other sources. He's a known fabricator. I'll check shortly but some of the earlier ballads simply tell the same story but have no text in common. Some of the probablilities here are that the earlier ballad inspired the later or they both derive from a common folk tale. The motif itself is so simple it could even have derived from a short joke or even a proverb. What is it...Hell hath no fire like a woman's fury...or words to that effect? I have copies of all of these so will check the queries and I'll try to date the different printings. The Pepys catalogue is good for this and Roxburghe does a fairly good job. I've just started a card index of well-known 17thc broadside printers. I know Gosson is quite early in the century and those combinations of 3 or 4 printers are towards the end of the century.
Mike and Mick are correct. Entry 1162 in Rollins is this ballad, June 24th, 1630, registered to Francis Coles. It was also registered in 1656 on March 13th but it doesn't say to whom.