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Young Hunting
10. "I have a little girl at home
With just such baby eyes."
And seeds of mercy scattered he,
Like flashes in the sky. ii. The jury did not leave the room,
For they had quite agreed.
The foreman briskly signed a note
And gave the clerk to read. 12. "Not guilty" was the only words
The maiden heard them say.
Her lover clasped her in his arms.
Love always has its way.
YOUNG HUNTING Cf. Child, No. 68. The song was not given a place in the preceding group of traditional ballads. It may, however, very well claim a place close upon them. If the title is somewhat misleading, for all that it, perhaps, fits the song as well as any other, for the first two stanzas are from the old Child ballad. The song is interesting as illustrating the way the singers of the Southern Highlands sometimes mix up their songs. Beginning with the stanzas from Young Hunting the song goes off into The False Young Man, etc. Mr. Philips Barry writes: "I recognize no less than six different songs in it." He adds: "It seems rather well established by my researches that an old country air to The False Young Man has in the Southern Highlands been transferred to Young Hunting" Campbell and Sharp, remark that The False Young Man is probably derived from Young Hunting. See Campbell and Sharp, No. 94, and note, p. 333. Cf. stanza 4 of A with stanza 8 of the present song and stanza 9 of C with 6 of this song. Both these stanzas from The False Young Man are nearly identical with those in the following song. Campbell and Sharp (No. 15) have six variants and six tunes of Young Hunting. Cox (No. 9) gives two. Reed Smith (Ballads, p. 107) has one which has been quoted by Sandburg. Arthur Palmer Hudson (No. 9) has a frag­mentary version. See also Journal, XX, 252; XXX, 297; XVIII, 205. Add Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 122; Davis, No. 17; Sharp, Songs, I, No. 3; Shearin, p. 3; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; Reed Smith, No. 4. The reference to Sandburg mentioned above is p. 64. Cf. also PTFLS, No. 10, p. 143.
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