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Thread #51900   Message #792442
Posted By: GUEST
27-Sep-02 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Courting is a Pleasure
Subject: RE: Courting is a pleasure. info!
ZN3614 in the broadside ballad index at will direct you to a late 17th century broadside ballad, for the most part unreadable, on the Bodleian Ballads website. My request for a readable facsimilie had not been acted upon the last time I looked.

It's the obvious original behind the well known American "On top of Old Smokey", and "The Cuckoo" in Reeves 'Idiom of the People' (and is probably in one of Frank Purslow's books).