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Thread #161176 Message #3830654
Posted By: Richie
05-Jan-17 - 07:31 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Died for Love: Sources and variants
Subject: RE: Origins: Died for Love: Sources and variants
TY Steve, MacColl called it the "blind worm" motive, if that helps.
9th stanza in The Lady's Lamentation;
9. There is a flower as I've heard say,
I wish I could that flower find,
It would ease my heart,
And cure my mind.
which is taken from Oxfordshire Tragedy where the flower is a heart-ease if I remember correctly.
In Johnson's 1611 version there's and herb called Dead-Man's Thumb but no worms!!!