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Unhappy Love                         43
(Child, No. 75)
The Michigan texts most closely resemble Child H, a London broadside of 1846 in Dixon, pp. 78--0. They are very similar to "Lord Lovel and Nancy Bell," Everybody's Songster, pp. 52-54, reprinted by Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, pp. 144-145. This ballad has been so often printed in American songbooks and broadsides that the versions vary only shghtly. For additional texts, notes, and references see Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, pp. 139-149; Bulletin, I, 4-5; Cox, pp. 78-82; Davis, pp. 240--259; Eddy, No. 10; Flanders and Brown, pp. 215-216; Gardner, pp. 203-204; Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Fol\~Songs, pp. 55-56; Scarborough, pp. 98-103; Sharp, I, 146-149; and Smith, pp. 121-124.
Version A was sung in 1934 by Mrs. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska, who learned the song when she was a child
Lord Lovel stood at his casde gate Combing his milk-white steed, When up came Lady Nancy Belle Wishing her lover good speed, good speed, Wishing her lover good speed.
"Where are you going, Lord Lovel?" she said, "Where are you going?" said she. "I am going, my Lady Nancy Belle, Strange countries for to see, see, see, Strange countries for to see."
"When will you be back, Lord Lovel?" she said, "When will you be back?" said she. "In a year or two or three at most

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