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Thread #162666   Message #3939732
Posted By: Lighter
26-Jul-18 - 09:54 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Lloyd's version is very like the text learned by American sailor Lewis Jones (1823-1906) in the mid nineteenth century - except for being a little bit bawdier, little bit smoother - and a stanza or two longer. (I wonder why....)

Jones's version is still in manuscript, but Lloyd may have had access to a copy. I'd need special permission from the East Hampton, N.Y., Library to post Jones's text on the 'Net.

An undated broadside text ("A New Song Called the Bold Weaver") is online at the Bodleian site (Harding B 25[243]). But Jones's version is actually fuller!

My thanks to Steve Woodbury, who brought these texts to my attention in 2016!