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Thread #162666   Message #3897125
Posted By: GUEST,Rigby
03-Jan-18 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
The Ranter Parson appears in Roy Palmer's book of Folk Songs Collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with the following note:

"The song appeared several times on street ballads, but to the best of my knowledge has turned up only once in oral tradition: in 1904, when Vaughan Williams took it down from a 61-year-old labourer, who had learned 'most of his songs off "ballets" or from his father'."

As usual RVW only noted the words of the first verse of the sung version, so Palmer gives verses 2 to 10 from a broadside.

Make of that what you will!