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Posted By: GUEST
18-Jul-03 - 05:33 PM
Thread Name: Country of origin of these songs please!
Subject: RE: Country of orgin of these songs please!
Laurence Price, a ballad writer living in London, wrote "The Demon Lover", in the 2nd or 3rd week of February, 1657. It was probably based on exaggerated reports from Plymouth, England, of the desertion of her husband (the carpenter), and children, by Mrs Jane Reynalds, to run away with James Harris (the demon lover). The formal title of the ballad is "A Warnong to Married-Women", and the text from the earliest known copy is given in the Laurence Price file at

Any Christian symbolism is from later imagination, or halucination.