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Gordon Jackson Folklore: the linden tree (26) RE: Folklore: the linden tree 12 Feb 19


Wimberly, in his Folklore in the English and Scottish Ballads, makes a few mentions of the linden as a destination of the soul after death, particularly those of lovers, although several other trees serve the same purpose. He also quotes a Danish ballad, Jomfruen i Linden, about a cruel stepmother:

"She changed us, some to fleeting deer,
And some to hawks, bade to skim the air;

Myself a linden tree she made,
And set to grow on a green-wood glade."

Gordon


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