Mudcat Café message #3470923 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139929   Message #3470923
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
24-Jan-13 - 05:57 PM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Even if the rose-brier bit is ancient (are we certain that it is), there's no reason to assume the ballad is too.

Maybe it was tacked on to a give a happy ending to a hopeless tragedy. Or (more likely) the ballad was made by somebody familiar with an already ancient belief.

There's no way to know.