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Posted By: Brian Peters
27-Apr-14 - 09:26 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
Richie,
Thanks for sharing all this, and particularly the Nora Hicks version above. I'm curious about that - obviously it looks a lot like Lee Monroe Presnell's (is there no tune for Nora Hicks') but, although LMP's is shorter, it doesn't look like a vestige of the longer ballad, since there are one or two different stanzas, and it retains 'William' as the lover's name, like the older Socts versions.

It's also very unusual to have the 'resuscitation ritual' place the blame on the miller, rather than the sister. Are you satisfied that the Nora Hicks version is authentic?