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Thread #2169   Message #798113
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
07-Oct-02 - 02:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Admiral Benbow lyrics
The text in the Penguin Book of Ballads is taken from Haliwell, Early Naval Ballads, 1841. It includes a form of the "Ruby and Noah's Ark" verse quoted earlier. According to Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, 1859) Halliwell got the text from a broadside published by Fowler of Salisbury (late 18th century). Chappell himself prints another -similar- text, with tune, both from an unidentified broadside of "the first half" of the 18th century.

He also quotes the other Benbow song mentioned earlier (we need to be clear that these are two completely different songs: Roud numbers 227 and 3141 respectively). Another set of that (text from another Fowler broadside, tune from The Vocal Enchantress, 1783) appears in Roy Palmer's Boxing the Compass (formerly The Oxford Book of Sea Songs), 2001; this is close to the text quoted at the beginning of the first part of this thread, and to the broadside I indicated earlier, though with an additional verse. The Levy set, also, differs in a few particulars only.