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Thread #43706   Message #639820
Posted By: GUEST
01-Feb-02 - 12:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Brian O'Lynn & Tam o' the Linn
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Brian O'Lynn
In a nonsense medley in the first English songbook, Bassus, 1530, we have the line: "tomlyn whether go yow now.

The song of "Thom of lyn" was mentioned in The Complaynt of Scotland, 1549, but no text was given.

In Moros' medley in W. Wager's play, The Longer Thou Livest, 1569, we have the single verse:

Tom-a-lin and his wife and his wife's mother,
They went over a bridge together;
The bridge was broken and they fell in.
The devil go with you all, quoth Tom-a-lin.