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Thread #155519 Message #3658729
Posted By: Steve Gardham
09-Sep-14 - 10:57 AM
Thread Name: Ballads not included in Child
Subject: RE: Ballads not included in Child
In Child's day most of these would only have been known by him on broadsides which to him were dunghills. Oral versions were only just beginning to be collected.
Of Hodgart's list I would say 'Stll Growing' arguably has the best pedigree and is closest to the Child Ballads in style.
I do think Child might have included Bruton Town had he been aware of the 2 very long American versions which have since appeared. Also its existence in story form over many centuries in Europe might have persuaded him. The likelihood is that he was not aware of its existence as oral versions only appeared in collections after his death.