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Compare also Alice Gomme, Dictionary of British Folk-Lore, vol. II, p. 16, 1898.
115.  Babes in the Woods. Text from Harry Gear of Junction, Wyoming, 1913. This favorite song is still sung by grown-ups in the Kentucky mountains. Compare Bishop Percy's account of the Children in the Woods, Reliqv.es of Ancient English Poetry (1865).
116.  In Good Old Colony Times. Text from Mrs. Mary F. Lindsay of Hebron, Nebraska, in 1915. For the history of this song, see The Ballad of the Three in A. H. Tolman's " Some Songs Tradi­tional in the United States," Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 29, p. 167 (1916) and G. L. Kittredge's annotation.
117.  Let's Go to the Woods. Text of Mrs. Mary F. Lindsay. Hebron, Nebraska, 1916. Sometimes known as Bobbin, Bobbin, Richard, and John, or The Wren Shooting. For this song, see the account of St. Stephen's Day customs in G. F. Northall's English Folk-Rhymes, 1892. It was printed as a nursery song in Gammer Gurton's Garland, 1783.
118.  I Bought Me a Wife. Text obtained by Elizabeth Gordon from Esther Knapp in Omaha, 1915. Miss Knapp's mother learned it in childhood from the singing of another child. For the final coup­let, compare a song in a comedy by W. Wager (about 1568), which runs—
I laid my bridle upon the shelf;
If you will anymore, sing it yourself.
119.  We'll All Go Down to Rowseb's. Text from E. R. Harlan of Des Moines, Iowa, 1914. This piece is sometimes merely sung but usually it is a game song.
120.  Sweet Fields op Violo. Obtained by Mabel Conrad Sul­livan from Fern Sikes of Crete, Nebraska, in 1915. The singer should "end the piece with a good crow." This song has some relation to the college or glee club song, My Father Has Some Very Fine Ducks.






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