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Thread #111333   Message #2343525
Posted By: Jim Carroll
18-May-08 - 08:52 AM
Thread Name: Scarborough Fair
Subject: RE: Scarborough Fair
Cap'n,
Scarborough Fair is a version of the ballad The Elfin Knight (Child 2) which was to be found all over the English-speaking world and beyond.
The earliest reference Child gave to it in its present form is a black-letter version from 1673.
As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out on how these ballads originated and were circulated.
Jim Carroll