DESCRIPTION: The singer has sent the text: "Eight hearts in one you here behold And they unto each other fold ... And nothing from it you could take Unless that you a heart do break ... If you have any love at all Show it to me though it be small"
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: love nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #97, p. 1, "Eight Hearts"; Greig #101, p. 2, "Eight Hearts" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan4 920, "Eight Hearts" (2 texts)
NOTES [106 words]: Greig: "Mr Milne encloses a very elegant illustration of the 'Eight Hearts' design cut out in paper. When this is spread out all the separate hearts are displayed; but the design and arrangement are such that all the hearts can be folded into one. Mr Milne says: - 'Each verse should be written on one of the paper hearts. I have been told that in the days of Auld Lang Syne they were sometimes so sent by would-be wooers to a prospective sweetheart in a half serious half jocular way, in order to try and ascertain if they would move the receiver to a favourable response, and so pave the way to a more serious and loving intimacy.'" - BS
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