The Gleeman

Notes on Lay the Bent to the Bonny Broom



This is included under #1 in the Child cannon (Riddles Wisely Expounded). It is almost identical to #1A (Child (1882-1898)CPB, vol I, pp3-4).

Regarding the text, Bruce and Stokoe say it  "was communicated to the "Local Historian's Table Book" by Mr. J. H. Dixon, who found it in the Bodleian Library Collection of Ballads, in a folio printed in the reign of Charles II.; it also occurs in D'urfey's "Wit and Mirth", 1699, and in Jamieson's "Popular Songs and Ballads," 1806.". The air is "from D'Urfey's works, and is supposed to be the original and ancient tune".

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