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Ballads and Songs
For American texts, see Barry, No. 2; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 128; Belden, No. 4; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 16; Cox, No. 10; Davis, No. 18; Flanders and Brown, p. 209; Hudson, No. 10; Bradley Kincaid, My Favorite Mountain Ballads and Old-Time Songs, p. 36; McGill, p. 28; Mackenzie, Quest, p. 97; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 6; Pound, Syllabus, p. 11; Pound, Ballads, No. 12; Raine, Land of the Saddle Bags, p. 112; Sandburg, p. 157; Shearin, p. 3; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; Shoemaker, 2nd ed., p. 15 5; Reed Smith, No. 5; Reed Smith, Ballads, No. 5; Wyman and Brockway, Songs, p. 14; Journal, XVIII, 128 (Barry), 295 (Barry); XIX, 235 (Belden); XX, 254 (Kittredge); XXVII, 71 (Barry); XXVIII, 152 (Perrow); XXIX, 159 (Tolman); XXXIX, 94 (Hudson); XLII, 262 (Henry, the same text); Thomas, p. 88; Fuson, p. 49; PTFLS, No. 10, 144146.
"Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender." Sung by "Uncle" Sam Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928. He learned it from his grandfather in Watauga County, North Carolina, who had learned it in England before emigrating to North Carolina. The song was recorded by Mrs. Henry.
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1. "Come, tell to me, dear mother", he says, "Come, tell to me your desire: It's whether I marry fair Ellender or no, Or bring you the brown girl home, Or bring you the brown girl home."

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