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Matthew Edwards Lyr Req: Fair Flora (14) RE: Lyr Req: Fair Flora 28 Nov 12

In the Roud Index this is noted as appearing in Vaughan Williams's Mss notebook Vol.3, MS bk 5, p.198, and it was collected from the singing of Mr Harper, King's Lynn, Norfolk, Jan 15 1905. As no words were noted down there is no Roud number assigned to this record.

However it seems possible that Mr Harper sang a version of Roud #948 which goes by a number of titles including Fair Floro, Sheepcrook and Black Dog, The Unkind Shepherdess. This can only be guesswork though, but if you have the tune from the RVW MS, you might be able to match it with one of the recorded versions of the song. There don't see to be any other performances noted in East Anglia, but Vaughan Williams did collect 'Sheepcrook and Black Dog' from a Mr Stacey in Holycombe, Sussex in 1904.


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