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Thread #50436   Message #768070
Posted By: GUEST
19-Aug-02 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Come Lasses and Lads
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Lassies and Lads
"Come Lasses and lads" was quite likely inspired by the following similar ballad.

Joan to the maypole away let's run/ ZN1553| May-Day Country Mirth/ Tune: excellent new tune/ RB7 79: [no imprint]/ CR 727: J. Deacon [DC2 152]// Rural Recreations: Dancing round a Country May-Pole/ Tune: Excellent new Tune/ Licensed according to Order/ P4 244: W. Thackeray/ DC2 152a: T. Norris, for M. Deacn [sic]? [expanded from very early MS song, c 1625, in Victoria and Albert Museum MS D.25.F.39 f. 89v, "Jone to ye maypole away let us be."]

The Douce collection copy can be seen on the Bodleian Ballads website.