Daughter Ellen

DESCRIPTION: "O rise, daughter Ellen, and stand on thy feet For to see thy dear mother lie dead in yon field." "Oh no..." Repeat for father, sister, brother. For true love: "Oh yes"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1886 (E.M. Plunket, _Merrie Games in Rhyme_, according to Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: love death playparty family
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game 59, "Daughter Ellen" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #13218
NOTES: Opie-Game: "The game has grown from part of an old ballad, 'The Maid Freed from the Gallows' (Child 95) ...." The form is similar but the plot is not. - BS
I'm frankly reminded more of "Green Gravel." - RBW
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File: OpGa059

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