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Versions A and, to a lesser degree, C are similar to the English broadside ballad "William and Dinah" Form B, except for a wide difference in stanza 7, markedly resembles a comic Version of the same broadside 111 Cox, p. 344. For additional versions and discussion concerning the debatable history of the ballad see Kittredge, JAFL, XXIX, 190, note, and Tolman and Eddy, JAFL, XXXV, 418-420. See also Flanders and Brown, p. 49; Fuson, p. 90, Gardner, pp. 209-210, Hudson, JAFL, XXXIX, 112-113, and Stout, pp. 54-55-
Version A was communicated by Mrs Maude Simpson, Detroit; she ob­tained it from the singing of her father, Mr. Otis Evilsizer, Alger.
i Way down in yon city there lived a rich knight, Who had but one daughter, a fair beauty bright. Her name 'twas Diana, scarce sixteen years old, And she had for her portion a large sum o£ gold.
2    "Go dress yourself, daughter, in costly array; Here's a noble, rich knight for to take you away. He says he will make you his joy and his pride; He's too noble a young man for to be denied."
3    "O father, honored father, excuse me this time; For to get married is not my desire.

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