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Posted By: Richie
17-May-16 - 07:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Subject: RE: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr

It's interesting to note that in the first two English version a "brook is mentioned in association with the place of briars.

1838 version sung by a labourer:

"Near Tunbridge waters a brook there runneth;
With thorns and briers it is overgrown,
And, all for to hide their cruel murder,
In that brook he was killed and thrown."

1904 Overd version:

6. She rose early the very next morning,
Unto the garden brook she went;
There she found her own dear jewel
Covered all over in a gore of bled.

Whereas in other versions it's a "dry place" or a "creek with no water":

It was near the creek where there was no water,
Nothing but bushes and briars grew.
All for to hide their cruel slaughter
Into the bushes his body threw. [A Famous Farmer; Digweed 1906]

9 But in the ditch there was no water,
Where only bush and briars grew,
They could not hide the blood of slaughter
So in the ditch his body threw.[Lord Burling's Sister- Joiner (Herts) 1914]