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Posted By: Richie
16-Apr-13 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
I'm posting "A Jacobite Song" whcih is VA-WV-Canada-British from 1914 and was published in TRaditional Ballads of Virginia by Davis as an Appendix.

Does anyone know which British version this is based on? Is it from a print source?


APPENDIX

"A Jacobite Song." Collected by Miss Martha M. Davis, Contributed by Miss Winifred Patterson, of Garoway, West Virginia. Rockingham County. April 6, 1914. Miss Davis writes: "Her great grandfather was an officer in the British navy and learned this from the sailors. Miss Patterson was born in Canada." The Scottish dialect spelling suggests a printed source, but none
is mentioned.

1 Hame cam oor gudeman at e'en,
an hame cam he,
And there he saw a saddled horse
where na horse shud be.
"And how is this and wha is this
and how cam this ta be ?
How cam this horse here
wi oot the leave o' me?"

2 "A horse?" quoth she.
"Aye! a horse!" quoth he.
"A ye old blind dottard carl (or fool),
and blinder might ye be,
It's nothing but a milch coo
my mither sent to me."

3. "A milch coo?" quoth he.
"Aye! a milch coo!" quoth she.
"Ah, far hae I ridden and muckle hae I seen
But a saddle on a milch coo saw I never ane."

4. Hame cam oor gudeman at e'en,
an hame cam he,
And there he saw a pair of boots
where na boots shud be.
"And how is this and wha is this
and how cam this ta be?
And how cam tha boots here
wi oot the leave o' me?"

5. "Boots?" quoth she.
"Aye! boots!" quoth he.
"A ye old blind dottard carl,
and blinder might ye be,
It's but a pair of milk stoops
my mither sent to me."

6 " Milk stoops? " quoth he.
"Ay, milk stoops!" quoth she.
"Ah, far hae I ridden, and muckle hae I seen,
But siller spurs on milk stoops saw I never ane."

7 Hame cam oor gudeman at e'en,
and hame cam he,
And there he saw a siller sword
where na sword shud be.
"What's this now, gude wife, and
what's this I see?
And how cam tha sword here
wi oot the leave o' me?"

8 "A swordl" quoth she.
"Aye, a sword!" quoth he.
"A ye auld blind dottard carl,
and blinder might ye be,
It is but a porridge stick
my mither sent to me."

9 "A porridge stick?" quoth he.
"Aye! a porridge stick!" quoth she.
"Weel far hae I ridden and muckle hae I seen,
But tassels upon porritch sticks saw I never ane."

   Stanzas about the hat come here.

10. Hame cam oor gudeman at e'en,
and hame cam he,
And there he saw a sturdy man
where na man shud be.
"And how's this now, gude wife,
and how cam this ta be?
And how cam this man here
wi oot the leave o' me!"

11. "Oh! woe's me! an woe's me!
It's but ma cousin Mackintosh
from the North Countree."
"We'd be all hanged and quartered, Kate,
wi oot the leave o' me."

Richie