Although My Love Be Black

DESCRIPTION: "Although my love be black, she is none the worse o' that, For the black makes the white shine bonny."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: love beauty hair nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan8 1854, "Although My Love Be Black" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Roud #13590
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan8 fragment.
GreigDuncan8: "The first two lines resemble [1547 'Strichen's Plantins' Da']." I don't see this at all, but cf. GreigDuncan8 1855, "Black Men Are the Bravest."
Is black the color of her hair or skin? In this case it seems that black hair is being contrasted with white skin. - BS
Or might it be the black of coal dust? - RBW
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File: GrD81854

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