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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
LITTLE MUSGRAVE AND LADY BARNARD (Child, No. Si) For American texts, see Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 150; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 20; Cox, No. 15; Davis, No. 23; Mackenzie, Quest, pp. 14, 88; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 8; Pound, Ballads, No. 15; Shearin, p. 3; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; Reed Smith, No. 7; Reed Smith, Ballads, No. 7; Wyman and Brockway, Songs, pp. 22, 62; Journal, XXIII, 371 (Mackenzie); XXV, 182 (Mackenzie); XXX, 309 (Kittredge);XLII, 265 (Henry, the same text). Mrs. Helen Hartness Flanders, Bulletin of the Folk-Song Society of the Northeast, No. 3, p. 6; another version by the same in the Springfield (Mass.) Sunday Union and Republican, July 26, 1931, p. 3 E (reviewed in Bulletin of the Folk-Song Society of the Northeast, No. 3, p. 21); also Bulletin, No. 4, p. 12; Fuson, p. 52. In regard to B Mrs. Eckstorm writes that "this Musgrave text is one of the noteworthy texts. I should call it one of the four most important ones ever found in this country."
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"Little Matty Groves." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of "Uncle" Sam Harmon, Cade's Cove,Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928. "Uncle" Sam gives the assurance that he "can sing all night and nary repeat."
1. First come down was a raving white; Next come down was a pilot;
Next come down was 'igh Donald's wife, And she was the fairest of all, all, She was the fairest of all.
2.  Litde Matty Groves was standing by; On him she cast her eye:
"You are the darling of my heart And the beauty of my eye, eye, And the beauty of my eye."
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