Mudcat Café message #1671057 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #48317   Message #1671057
Posted By: Mary Humphreys
17-Feb-06 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sheath and Knife
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheath and Knife
Hi Matthew,
Don't worry about the name. I am used to people spelling it the wrong way for me.
I transcribed the text from a book that Malcolm Douglas mentioned in a previous post: Helena Mennie Shire's small book Poems from Panmure House (Sebastian Carter: Cambridge, 1960). It is a book which compares the ballad posted above ( alternatively called Leesome Brand - because there are elements of that ballad in it too) and a Danish ballad Redselille og Medelvold (Roselille and Ole).
There was no musicological discussion, so no tunes were published in the book. If you have seen the original book from the Scottish archives you are very fortunate. I would love to see the tune for the Sheath and Knife ballad in the manuscript.If you ever are close enough to examine the book and write down the tune, please let me know!