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Posted By: Richie
28-Oct-11 - 02:21 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
I've been putting the child versions on my site, they are of course mainly English/Sciottish versions.

I have no dates for Motherwell. Most of the Child versions say manuscript but they are not in Motherwells two books- that I have access to. Anyone know how to access Motherwell's manuscripts?

I'm working on the Elfin Knight, Child 2 here are my questions:

1) Child Version L is found in the 1853 journal- Notes and Queries, Volume 7 - Page 8; It's titled "Old Song" Signed D for (Draufield).
What/where/who is Draufield? I figure it's a town or location.

2) Apparently 'The Deil's Courting,' Motherwell's Manuscript,' p. 103, (what's the date?) is found also in Crawford Collection of about 1827 (Lyle). Does anyone have that version. Is it the same as Motherwell's?

3) Version K is from Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes of England, 6th ed., p. 109, No 171. Does the 1846 edition have the song? I suspect that it's much older than even 1846. Where is it first found?

Any help would be appreciated,