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Thread #169701   Message #4102458
Posted By: Dave Rado
16-Apr-21 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: Info: The Great Selkie - earthly nouriss
Subject: Lyr Add: The Great Selkie
Many versions of The Great Selkie start with the line: "An earthly nouriss sits and sings".

Nouriss (more commonly spelt Nourice) is old Scots for wet nurse (see here).

But the woman in the song is the baby's mother! So any thoughts on why she is referred to in the opening line - and subsequently - as a wet nurse?

Dave