Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

An Extensive Investigation Into The Sources And Inspiration Of National Folk Song

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While there is much that is common in the folk-songs of all the provinces of France, the same stories and the same turns of expression, showing, if not a common origin, a very wide and thorough intercommunication, — as, for instance, in the beau­tiful and pathetic ballad of Jean Renaud, which is found almost everywhere in slightly differing vari­ants, — each section has its own local peculiarities illustrating the temperament and the origin of the people. It is needless to say that there is a strongly marked note of difference between the melancholy and finely sensitive songs of the people of Brittany and the gay and joyous chants and ballads of those of Gascony and Provence. It would be inevitable from the widely different natures of the two people, and their origin from distinct and strongly divergent native stocks. But this distinction goes further, and marked shades of difference in feeling and sentiment may be found in the character and temperament of the folk-songs and music of the in­habitants of the same province, who are of common origin and consanguinity, with the same native Ian-
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