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Thread #162666   Message #3879728
Posted By: Brian Peters
02-Oct-17 - 05:50 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Reposting for clarity with italics corrected:

Jim wrote:
As our knowledge of the oral tradition onLy dates as far as the beginning of the twentieth century - anything before that is a guess and way out of the reach of definitive statements

This gap in our knowledge is one that Roud's book sets out to fill, using sources like John Clare - who, in a happy coincidence as far as this thread is concerned, wrote down a full version of The Demon Lover, as sung by his mother in the first half of the 18th century.