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Posted By: Richie
07-Apr-13 - 10:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Here's a quote about the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballad Collection

Ballads and Songs for Boston in the War of 1812—the Isaiah Thomas Collection by Kate Van Winkle Keller

Some of the older songs have new verses reflecting a change in sensibilities. A transparent example of this is found in "Saw Ye My Hero George," a ballad in which Martha Washington wanders over the battlefield looking for her husband. The first, second and fourth verses date from the 1780s,modeled on an English love song from the 1760s called "The Grey Cock," (Child #248).

They are placid and removed in spirit. New romantic verses have been added as verses three and five through eight.

"The fields are cover'd o'er with streams of purple gore,
And the dead lie in heaps on the ground."

Such a graphic description would never have been put in Lady Washington's voice in earlier times.