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Thread #151087 Message #3526521
Posted By: Suzy Sock Puppet
14-Jun-13 - 05:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
I know a folk tale in which every time the husband and wife quarreled she said, "The devil take ye!" And every time she said it, the devil appeared looking to collect. Each time the husband outwitted him. It's quite the yarn.
Because of "The Farmer's Curst Wife," we know what happened when he said it. He only said it once and ever after his request fell on deaf ears.
Pointy little ears with smoke coming out. Knobby little heads, sharp little claws and teeth like Shane MacGowan.