Sleeping Beauty (Thorn Rose, Briar Rose)
DESCRIPTION: Singing game. "Fair Rosa was a lovely child... Fair Rosa slept a hundred years... A forest grew around her tower... A wicked fairy found her there... A noble prince came riding by... And now she's happy as a bride."
EARLIEST DATE: 1935 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: magic rescue marriage beauty
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
SHenry H599, p. 12, "Fair Rosa/The Sleeping Beauty" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hammond-Belfast, p. 19, "Fair Rosa" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 61, "Fair Rosie" (2 texts, 1 tune)
NOTES: Very common as a folktale, of course, and quite old. In the Grimm collection, it is "Briar-Rose" ("Dornröschen," #50, 1812), from Marie Hassenpflug); Perrault also had a version. The oldest version known is in the Volsung saga; in section 20, Sigurd awakens Brynhild by slicing away her enchanted armor.
Roud appears to lump this with a rare piece called "Melven Vine." This is possible, but I'd want more evidence. - RBW
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