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Thread #166469   Message #4003193
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
03-Aug-19 - 06:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Jesuit Mont - cannibalism?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Jesuit Mont - cannibalism?
The lyrics are traditional Joe.

Child refers to them in a footnote to Lady Diamond (No.269):

Though perhaps absolutely the silliest ballad that ever was made, and very far from silly sooth, the broadside was traditionally propagated in Scotland without so much change as is usual in such cases: 'There lived a knight in Jesuitmont' Scotch Ballads Material for Border Minstrelsy, No 22e, Abbotsford ...(other refs - MCP).

The title here is The Lady Isabella's Tragedy. There's a 95 line version in Percy's Reliques. I haven't time now, but I'll dig up a digital copy to post tomorrow.


Mick