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Thread #143708   Message #3348079
Posted By: Steve Gardham
08-May-12 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 2
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 2
Richie
If you look at p225 you'll see Child acknowledges the birben/brirben differences. Presumably what he is saying is in the ms it is 'brirben' and in A&MSS it is 'corrected?' to 'birben'.

If you look in the glossary in vol 5 you'll see Finlay had 'birchen' which of course in Scots would be 'birken'. A handwritten copy could easily mistake 'birken' for 'birben'. The comb to me was obviously made of birch.

As for 'cored', well, nobody's ferpect!