English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 53. Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth.
Texts without tunes:—Broadside by W. Wright (Birmingham). Garret's Merrie Book
of Garlands, vol. ii. Texts with tunes:—Journal of the Folk-Song Society, ii., 113. Christie's Traditional
Ballad Airs, ii., 282 (tune only).
Mrs. Sands's song is a shortened and condensed version of the broadside ballad—which consists of 56 stanzas, i.e. 22^ lines! In the original story, Jemmy's love for Nancy of Yarmouth is opposed by her father, who, however, promises his consent to their marriage if Jemmy returns safely from an ocean voyage. Jemmy accordingly sails for the Barbadoes where his "comely features" attract the attention, and arouse the love, of the "Perbadus {i.e. Barbadoes) lady whose fortune was great." Jemmy is constant to his first love, and the Perbadus lady, thwarted in her desires, commits suicide. Nancy's father, hearing that Jemmy is returning, writes to his friend the boatswain and promises him a handsome reward if he "the life of young Jemmy would end." The boatswain accepts the bribe and "tumbles " the unfortunate Jemmy "into the deep." The conclusion of the story is correctly given in the text.
No. 55. Jack Went A-Sailing.
Texts without tunes:—Gavin Greig's Folk-Song of the North-East, i., art. 45. Broad­side by Such.
Text with tune:—Journal of the Folk-Song Society, ii., 227.
American variants:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, xii., 249; xx., 270; xxv., 9. Wyman and Brockway's Lonesome Tunes, p. 38. Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 204.
No. 57. The Lover's Lament.
American variants:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, xx., 268; xxvi., 176.
No. 58. The Dear Companion.
Text without tune:—Gavin Grieg's Folk-Song of the North-East, ii., art. 169.
The tune may be a variant of "The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow" (see Journal of the Folk-Song Society, v., no, first version).
No. 61. The True Lover's Farewell.
Texts without tunes:—Henley and Henderson's Centenary Burns, art. "A red, red rose." Texts with tunes:—Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs, ii., 164. Journal of the Folk-
Song Society, hi., 86; iv., 286. Roxburghe Ballads (Ballad Society, No. 33, Pt. xxii.,
vol. vii.). Butterworth's Folk-Songs from Sussex, No. 10.
Stanzas 4 and 5 in A occur elsewhere in ballad literature, e.g. "The Lass of Roch Royal" {Child, No. 76).
No. 62. Katey Morey.
The tune is a variant of "The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow," several versions of which are given in The Journal of the Folk-Song Society, v., 110-113.
No. 64. The Waggoner's Lad.
American variants:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, xx., 268. Wyman and Brockway'j Lonesome Tunes, p. 62.
No. 65. Come All ye Fair and Tender Ladies.
American variants:—Wyman and Brockway's Lonesome Tunes, p. 55.

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