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Mysha Origins: Galway Shawl rhyming scheme (15) Origins: Galway Shawl rhyming scheme 04 Sep 14


Hi,

I'm looking at the Galway Shawl. It has these odd-numbered lines that seem to rhyme more or less, depending on the version:

- I spied a damsel, she was young and handsome
- We kept on walking, she kept on talking,
- She sat me down beside the hearthstone
- She said goodbye sir,and her eyes seemed brighter,
Maybe more in specific dialects.

I wonder whether these were unintentional or created later to match that. Or could these have been the original version, with the scheme breaking down over lines forgotten, misunderstood or not rhyming in Camford English?

Bye,
                                                                Mysha


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