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Thread #145512   Message #3366500
Posted By: GUEST
21-Jun-12 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3

I assume this is the first known US version from c. 1816- which is Child A c.:

Lady Alice- Uneda (PA) c. 1816 Child A c. from Notes and Queries, 1856.

1    Lady Alice was sitting in her bower window,
A-mending her midnight coif,
And there she saw the finest corpse
That she ever saw in her life.

2    'What bear ye, what bear ye, ye six men tall,
Upon your shoulders strong?'
'We bear the corpse of Sir Giles Collins,
An old and true lover of yours.'

3    Lady Alice was buried all in the east,
Giles Collins all in the west,
A lily grew out of Giles Collins's grave,
And touched Lady Alice's breast.

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I pose the question who is Uneda from Philadelphia and where did he learn this version in 1816?

Anyone hazard a guess?