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4. "Take her and welcome, with all your heart!
5. He picked her up upon his back,
Like an old bald eagle went off in a rack.
6. He had not gotten more than half his road,
Before he said, "Old woman, you are a hell of a load."
7. He set her down all for to rest;
She up with a stick and hit him her best.
8. He picked her up upon her back,
Like an old bald eagle, went off in a rack.
9. He travelled on until he came to his gate;
He gave her a kick, said "There is your place."
10. Ten little devils strung on a wire;
She up with her foot and kicked nine in the fire.
11. One little devil peeping over the wall
Sang "Daddy take her back, she'll murder us all."
12. The good old man was peeping out of a crack;
13. "Now, old man, see what a woman can do;
14. "Now, old woman, on earth you must dwell;
You are not fit for heaven, and they won't have you in hell."
THE SWEET TRINITY (THE GOLDEN VANITY) (Child, No. 286).
To Child's version B belongs the Vermont text ("The Little Cabin Boy") printed in JAFL 18 : 125-127 (cf. 18 : 127). To Child's version C belong Belden, No. 78 (JAFL 23 :429-430); "Focus," 4: 158-159; Wyman and Brockway, "Lonesome Tunes," 1:72-75; McGill, "Folk-Songs from the Kentucky Mountains," pp. 96-102. See also Virginia Folk-Lore Society, Bulletin, No. 3, p. 5; No. 4, p. 8; F. C. Brown, p. 9; Cox, 45:160 (JAFL 29:400); Shearin and Coombs, p. 9 (Shearin, "Modern Language Review," 6 : 514); "Berea Quarterly," October, 1915 (18 : 18); Reed Smith (JAFL 28 : 200-202). Dr. B. L. Jones has found the ballad in Michigan.
The ballad is common in modern English broadsides, usually under the title of "The Golden Vanity; or, The Lowlands Low." See Harvard collection: 25242.11.5, fol. 107 (Such; same in 25242.17, xi, 31, and among the Child Broadsides); 25242.17, iii, 46 (J: Easton, York); same, iii, 150 (Forth, Pocklington); iv, 124 (J. Gilbert, Newcastle-upon-Tyne); v, 68 (J. Cadman, Manchester); x, 207 (J. Bebbington, Manchester). These broadsides are all alike, corresponding to Child's version Ca (Pitts). Closely similar are copies from recent singing in England, a number of which are noted by Child, (5:137-138); see also Broadwood and Fuller Maitland, "English County Songs," pp. 182-183; Baring-Gould and Sheppard, "Songs of the West," No. 64,3:24-25;' "Journal of Folk-Song Society," I : 104-105; 2 :244; Sharp, "One Hundred English Folksongs," No. 14, pp. xxiii, 36~37.2 Greig's variant, however, in "Folk-Song of the North-East," cxvi, belongs under Child's B. Ashton's copy, in "Real Sailor Songs," No. 75, is Child's A.
The Merry Golden Tree.
Communicated by Professor Belden, 10,16. From Mrs. Eva Warner Case, from memory, with the assistance of her mother and grandmother, as sung in Harrison County, Missouri.8 This copy is noteworthy because of the poetical justice offered in the concluding stanza, which distinguishes it from all versions heretofore recorded.4 The text belongs in general to version C, but it has a special touch of its own: —
Down went the vessel and down went the crew,
And down to join the cabin-boy went the captain too!
Finis coronal opus!
1. "O captain, dear captain, what will you give to me,
If I'll sink for you that ship called the Merry Golden Tree,
2. "It's I will give you money and I will give you fee;
If you'll sink her in the Lowlands lonesome low,
3. He bent upon his breast and out swam he;
He swam until he came to the Merry Golden Tree,
4. He took with him an auger well fitted for the use,
As she sailed in the Lowlands lonesome low,
1 Reprinted sumptuously. New York, 1899 ("The Golden Vanity and The Green Bed"), with colored illustrations.
* Compare Masefield, A Sailor's Garland, pp. 149-152.
1 See p. 3«
1 Compare Child's remarks on his versions B and C as distinguished from version A (5 • 136).
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5. He bent upon his breast and back swam he;
As she sailed in the Lowlands lonesome low,
6. "Captain, O captain, take me up on board;
For I've sunk her in the Lowlands lonesome low,
7. "It's I'll neither give you money, now will I give you fee,
You may sink in the Lowlands lonesome low,
8. He bent upon his breast and down sank he
And he sunk her in the Lowlands lonesome low,
9. Down went the vessel, and down went the crew,
And sunk in the Lowlands lonesome low,
CAPTAIN WARD AND THE RAINBOW (Child, No. 287).
Barry reprinted "Captain Ward" in this Journal (18:137-138) from a Boston Broadside ("Captain Ward, the Pirate") of the early nineteenth century (N. Coverly, Jr.). A fragment from Michigan contributed by Dr. Alma Blount (JAFL 25 : 177-178) sticks in some points more closely than Coverly to the black-letter text. The ballad was also issued as a broadside in Boston about 1825 ("Cor. of Cross and Tilton sts.": Harvard College, 25242.5.5 , p. 9) and in a chapbook ("Captain Ward and the Rainbow," etc.) in Philadelphia by R. Swift, about 1820-30 (25276.43.81). It is included in "The Forget Me Not Songster" (New York, Nans & Cornish), pp. 41-44; the same (Philadelphia and New York, Turner & Fisher), pp. 200-203; and "The Pearl Songster," 1846 (New York, C. P. Huestis), pp. 136-139 (Brown University).
The Harvard College Library has two eighteenth-century broadsides of this ballad,—25242.5.5 (176) (Pitts); 25242.23, p. II,— also H. P. Such's broadside, No. 501, "Ward the Pirate" (25242.26, p. 54). See also Greig, "Folk-Song of the North-East," cxiv, cxvii, cxxviii; Ashton, "Real Sailor Songs," No. 3; Kidson, "Traditional Tunes," p. 99; Barrett, "English Folk-Songs," No. 36, pp. 62-63; "Journal of the Folk-Song Society," 2 : 163-164.
THE MERMAID (No. 289).
A fragmentary American text (with tune) was published by Barry in JAFL 18 : 136 (from Vermont), as taken down in 1905 (cf. 22 : 78); a good copy (from Missouri), collected by Belden, is in 25 : 176-177; another (from Tennessee), in "The Focus," 3 : 447-448 and (with tune) 4 : 97-99.l Miss McGill gives words and music in her "FolkSongs of the Kentucky Mountains" (1917, pp. 45-49). The ballad is also reported from Virginia (Bulletin, No. 2, p. 6; No. 3, p. 5; No. 4, p. 9; No. 5, p. 9);2 from Mississippi by Perrow (JAFL 27 : 61, note 2); from Nebraska by Miss Pound (p. 10).
"The Mermaid" doubtless owes much of its currency in America to its inclusion in various "songsters." It is found, for example, in "The Forget Me Not Songster" (New York, Nans & Cornish; also St. Louis and Philadelphia), p. 79; "Pearl Songster" (New York, 1846), p. 155; "Uncle Sam's Naval and Patriotic Songster" (New York, Philip J. Cozans), pp. 40-43.3 It was issued as a broadside by Leonard A. Deming about 1838-40 ("at the Sign of the Barber's Pole, No. 61 Hanover St. Boston and at Middlebury, Vt.": Harvard College, 1916, lot 12), and by H. de Marsan, New York (List 14, No. 56), about 1861. Its perpetuation is more or less insured by its inclusion in "Heart Songs" (Boston, 1909)/
A fragmentary text, taken down by Kittredge in 1878 from an old Massachusetts lady who had learned it about 1808, has the first stanza of Child's version A (5 : 149), which is lacking in all other versions, British or American, so far as has been ascertained.6 At all events, it does not occur in any of those here registered, or in any of the following English broadside copies: Ebsworth, in his Roxburghe Ballads, 8:446-447; Harvard College, 25242.4, i, 207 (J. Arthur, Carlisle); 25242.17, iii, 36and 102 (John Harkness, Preston, No. 146); same, iv, 16 (John Gilbert, Newcastle-upon-Tyne), 147 (John Ross, Newcastle-upon-Tyne); v, 141 (J. Catnach); xi, 53 (H. Such, No. 53); 25242.28 (Pitts). Perhaps this stanza was adapted from the beginning of Martin Parker's famous "Neptune's Raging Fury" (Roxburghe Ballads, ed. Ebsworth, 6 : 432; Ashton, "Real Sailor Songs," No. 76; Masefield, "A Sailor's Garland," pp. 160-163).
'Compare Virginia Folk-Lore Society, Bulletin, No. 2, p. 6.
* The ballad is printed in A. F. Wilson's Songs of the University of Virginia, 1906.
* There is a comic version in The "We Won't Go Home till Morning" Songster (New York, R. M. DeWitt"), p'p. 8-9.
4 Whence it is extracted in the Boston Transcript, Feb. 14, 1914.
'Except the variety of A in "The Sailor's Caution "cited by Child (5 : 148). Ashton's second version (Real Sailor Songs, No. 42) is Child's A; his first (No. 41) accords with the regular broadside.
CHARMING BEAUTY BRIGHT.
"Once I did court a fair beauty bright" is published in this Journal (26 : 176-177) from Massachusetts tradition of long standing. Perrow gives a copy from Mississippi (JAFL 28 : 147); Tolman, one from Indiana (29 : 184-185, "The Lover's Lament"). What seems to be a fragment of this song is printed in "Journal of the Folk-Song Society," 2:81. Miss Loraine Wyman has communicated a text ("Charming Beauty Bright") collected by her at Beaver Creek, Knott County, Kentucky, in 1916, which closely resembles that from Mississippi (see below). She also contributes three tunes (see below).
Charming Beauty Bright.
Communicated by Miss Loraine Wyman, as sung by Rob and Julia Morgan, Beaver Creek, Knott County, Kentucky.
Once L.lov'd a., charming bean - ty bright, And on her
love and love I did ob - tain, I'm rare.
That she had no rea - sons to.. me to corn-plain.
Once I] court - ed a charm - ing beau - ty bright, And on her I
pla - ced my own heart's delight, I... courted her for love, and love I did ob
tain, I'm rare that she had no rea - sons to., me to complain.