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Thread #4074   Message #3561106
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
25-Sep-13 - 05:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Subject: RE: Origins: Wildwood Flower / I'll Twine 'Mid the ...
Genie, never mind my question about the web site. When I downloaded the MIDI to Noteworthy Composer, I saw a footnote that mentioned Benjamin Tubb, so it must have come from his site.

Taconicus, thanks for the link to the music from Wisconsin. If you go to the second page, where the B part repeats, you see that the words are:

the myrtle so bright with its emerald hue
and the pale aronatus with eye of bright blue.

So the arnonatus may not exist anywhere but in this song.

Me, I'm tempted to change it to 'the pale blooming iris and vi'let so blue.' I don't feel like explaining about the mythical aronatus every time I sing the song.
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I'm going to introduce a new element here and mention that in my searches on the big sites for old American music (sites such as Levy, Duke, Indiana, Lib of Congress) I have come across a person named MaNd Irving. I forget whether Mand was a composer or lyricist, but I don't think it matters. He could have been one thing one day, and the other thing another day.

I can easily picture Mand being taken for Maud, especially in handwriting. In the Wisconsin example, the n in 'Maud' looks just like the n in 'Twine' in the title.

Isn't the feminine name Maud supposed to have an e on the end - Maude?