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Thread #56447   Message #882844
Posted By: GUEST,Q
05-Feb-03 - 01:17 AM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Date at the British Museum 1680?.
The version you quoted from Buchan and Hall as "Captain Ward" is identical to "Captain Ward and the Rainbow" or "The Jolly Mariner" in the Greig MSS "as sung by Miss Crighton (Scotland), group C in Bronson's Singing Tradition.
Group D is one verse from New Brunswick and duplicates one in the old broadsides.
Group D (Maine) has a couple of different verses- we learn that they fought from six that morning till sux o'clock at night before the Rainbow took flight.

Bronson gives music of four tunes. The tune from the Vaughan Williams MSS, etc., Group B (music shown), Bronson says comes closest to a "tradition for our ballad in England."