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Thread #159779   Message #3790321
Posted By: Steve Gardham
14-May-16 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Subject: RE: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Hi Richie,
If I can recall my thinking on this stanza using the text in Leach from JAFL 46 p25, I give some sort of explanation as to how I put this stanza together in the notes above. But further to those, I didn't think the phrase 'ditch of briars ' would have suited an English original so I took the phrase from English versions. Also the JAFL version has a shunted stanza and the first couplet already occurs in stanza 13. The 4th line of course is epitomised from the JAFL 4th line, reworded to rhyme with line 2. As I explained in the notes this stanza doesn't actually exist in any known version in full, but it makes sense of the 4th line of the previous stanza. This one is pure conjecture on my part. Hope this explains my thinking.