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Thread #28223 Message #3659323
Posted By: MGM·Lion
11-Sep-14 - 10:06 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Earsdon Sword Dance Song /Calling-On Song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Earsdon Sword Dance Song /Calling-On Song
I have, BTW, always felt that some error in oral transmission has occurred at some stage in the line
"some died — others fell in disgrace"
"Fell" is surely, in the context of battle, synonymous with "died"; to "fall in battle" means to be killed. I think the words must originally have been "fled in disgrace"; 'fleeing from the battle might have been regarded as a disgrace; but I don't think falling would.