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Thread #155519   Message #3658718
Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
09-Sep-14 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: Ballads not included in Child
Subject: RE: Ballads not included in Child
The Trees They Do Grow High is one contender. Bruton Town is another. The trouble is that Child's criteria for inclusion in ESPB was so arbitrary that, as well as leaving several important ballads out, he included quite a few which were less than distinguished, as one might say.

The trouble is, that we can't dig the old buggar up and ask him why he arranged the anthology that way. Also, the collection has achieved such a magisterial status, that it is probably no longer advisable to re-hack it.

Methinks we should let sleeping dogs lie, and just be thankful for such a monumental work.