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Thread #159779   Message #3790164
Posted By: Richie
13-May-16 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Subject: RE: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr

I finished my reconstruction- then I looked at yours. I was missing your stanza 14:

"If you rise early in the morning, B2
And over lofty mountains wind,      A4
Go straightway to yon brake of briars, A10
And in the ditch my body find." A10

A10 you give as JAF 46, but no US version has "brake of briars." JAF 46 has:

Go straight way to yon ditch of briars,
There you find me dead and slain."

"brake" was substituted for "ditch" but the last line is different and not found in a book. Perhaps you changed "ditch" so you wouldn't have "ditch" twice. Just wondering where the last line came from?