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Young Beichan
(Child, No. 53) See Barry, No. 12; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 106; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 12; Cox, No. 8; Davis, No. 12; Flanders and Brown, p. 204; Hudson, No. 8; Mackenzie, Quest, p. 115; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 5; Pound, Syllabus, p. 9; Pound, Ballads, No. 14; Raine, Land of the Saddle Bags, p. 109; Shearin, p. 4; Shearin and Combs, p. 7; Reed Smith, No. 3; Reed Smith, Ballads, No. 3; Wyman and Brockway, p. 5 8; Journal, XVIII, 209 (Barry); XX, 251 (Kittredge); XXII, 64 (Beatty), 78 (Barry); XXIII, 450 (Barry); XXVI, 353 (Pound); XXVIII, 149 (Perrow); XXX, 294 (Kittredge); XLII, 2 5 9 (Henry, the same text); X LI, 5 8 5 (Parsons); Thomas, pp. 25, 86.
"Young Behan." Obtained from Miss Laura Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928, who learned it from her father, Samuel Harmon.
1. Young Behan from Glasgow gone, All these fine Turkish for to view.
They bored a hole through his right shoulder And through and through they drew a key, And plunged him into the dungeon dark Where the light of day he no more could see.
2. The gaoler had a beautiful daughter; Oh, a beautiful daughter was she. She now to the gaol window is gone To call young Behan, to hear his voice.

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