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Posted By: Richie
07-Apr-13 - 10:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4

I've moved on but not finished the US versions of the House Carpenter.

I'm working on Child 248 and am a bit confused. Is "The Lover's Ghost" the origin of this ballad, as per Barry.

Is the tune: Crucifixion, Southern Harmony, p. 25.

Saw ye my Savior,
   saw ye my Savior,
Saw ye my Savior and God?
   Oh! he died on Calvary,
   To atone for you and me,
And to purchase our pardon with blood.

Was a parody written in circa 1776 titled "Saw Ye my Hero-- George? Would this mean that the ballad was present in the US at this time- posibly before the Herd 1772 version?