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128 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
SIR HUGH (Child, No. 155)
Three texts have been recovered in this state. All of them tell the same story, differing only in unimportant details, and agree most closely with versions G and H of Child. The ballad is more commonly known in Indiana as "The Jew's Daughter" or "The Jew's Garden."
For American texts, see Belden, No. 8; Campbell and Sharp, No. 26; Child, III, 248; Cox, No. 9; Davis, p. 400; Hudson, No. 17; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 116; Jones, p. 301; Journal, XV, 195; XIX, 293; XXIX, 164 (contains an Indiana variant); XXX, 322; XXXV, 344; XXXIX, 212; XLIV, 64, 296; XLVII, 358; Newell, Games and Songs of American Children, p. 75; Pound, Ballads, No. 5; Scarborough, p. 53; Scarborough, Song Catcher, p. 172; Shearin, p. 4; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; C. A. Smith, p. 15; Smith, Ballads, No. 11; Henry, Folk-Songs from the Southern Highlands, p. 102; BFSSNE, V, 7 (Vermont); Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, p. 16.
British texts: JFSS, I, 264; V, 253.
No title given. Contributed by the late Mrs. Kate Milner Rabb, special writer for the Indianapolis Star. Secured by her from Mrs. Frances Schmidlap Wands, nee Taylor. "She told me of this old ballad which was sung in the Taylor family for generations as a 'sleepy song/ the air to which it was sung really being the sort that lulls to sleep" (Mrs. Rabb). Marion County. February 26, 1936.
1. It rained, it rained in our town;
It rained both great and small ; The little boys in our town Were playing with a ball.
2. They tossed the ball so high, so high,
And then again so low ; At last it fell in the duke's garden Where none of them dared to go.
3. The duke's daughter came walking out
And she was dressed in green: "Come in, come in, my little boy, And get your ball again."