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Thread #151087   Message #3526040
Posted By: Richie
13-Jun-13 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6

I'm not saying the 1757 "Devil and the Farmer" is related necessarily but that the concept of "Farmer's Curst" is a continuation of "Devil and the Farmer."

There is a pact made between the devil and the farmer- The devil in payment comes and takes away the farmer's oxen, then he comes and says one of your family I must take- etc and etc.

The 1757 "Devil and the Farmer" shows the reason for the pact and that the farmer offerd the devil his wife as compensation (payment) for his deeds.

What's missing in Farmer's Curst is the reason the devil is coming to see the farmer- and perhaps "Farmer's Curst" is an extention or created from the 1757 tale.