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Lyr Add: The Old Crone and the Boy (Child 3?)

Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Jul 11 - 04:24 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Old Crone and the Boy (Child 3?)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 04:24 PM

Lyr. Add: THE CARLIN AND THE BOY
Swedish folk song, cf. Child # 3.

1
'Why are you driving over my field?' said the *carlin:
'Because the way lies over it' answered the boy,
who was a little fellow.
2
'I will cut [hew] your traces' said the carlin:
'Yes, you hew, and I'll build,' answered the boy,
who was a little fellow.
3
'I wish you were in the wild wood,' etc.
'Yes, you in and I outside,' answered, etc.
4
I wish you were in the highest tree-top,' said, etc.
'Yes, you up in the top, and I at the roots,' etc.
5
'I wish you were in the wild sea,' etc.
Yes, you in the sea and I in a boat', etc.
6
I'll bore a hole in your boat,' etc.
Yes, you bore, and I'll plug,' etc.
7
I wish you were in hell,' etc.
'Yes, you in and I outside,' etc.
8
'I wish you were in heaven,' etc.
'Yes, I in, and you outside,' etc.

The first entry in 3, The Fause Knight Upon the Road, Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads.

*carlin- a crone, old woman; a witch.
The boy getting the last word.


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