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Posted By: GUEST,Katie Letcher Lyle
24-Jan-13 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
I just stumbled on this website. How interesting! Barbara Allen (spelled variously) just might be the oldest, because of the tag about the rosebush and the brier -- a Celtic notion that of course predates any Christian ideas about life after death. And it's such a timeless story!!!