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Thread #162666   Message #3886755
Posted By: Jackaroodave
04-Nov-17 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"Like she whom the prize of Mount Ida had won,
There approached a fair lassie as bright as the sun....."

This goes way back in oral transmission: The prize was the Apple of Discord awarded by Paris to Aphrodite, precipitating the Trojan War. According to Wikipedia, Mount Ida goes back beyond Homer, figuring in pre-Olympian Greek myth.