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MGM·Lion Lyr Req: Trad songs featuring color (36) RE: Lyr Req: Trad songs featuring color 13 Jun 16


Green Wedding indeed. I published an article in OUP's 'Notes & Queries' literary journal for Dec 1987, continuous series Vol 232 No 4, called Married In Green: a common source for Scott & Dickens, which drew attention to the use of superstitions against wearing green for weddings in Scott's lengthy poem Marmion, & the relation of its interpolated poem about the Laird of Loch Invar {"Young Lochinvar"} to the 'Green Wedding' ballads, esp 'Katharine Jaffray', Child #221; & Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, in which the miser Gride wears his suit of bottle-green to marry the young & beautiful Madeline Bray by blackmail and bribery of her venal father — only to have her carried off by the hero from under his very nose, "Just like Young Lochinvar".

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