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Thread #6186   Message #865112
Posted By: GUEST,Griselda
12-Jan-03 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Ballad Tom Pierce
Subject: RE: Balled Tom Pierce
I realise this thread was started a long time ago but I am very interested in this ballad Widdecombe Fair. I think it relates to many other pre-Christian rites, including fertility rituals such as Hoodening, and stories about a horse-god who lived under ground or under water. I am very keen to hear from anyone who can tell me more about this. There are other 'nursery rhymes' about horses: I had a little pony, I called him Dapple Grey.... and the child's lap-game This is the way the Farmer rides, Gallop, gallop, gallop, gallop....   But can anyone suggest any more please? I am seeking those with a dark undertone such as the second of these examples.