Brave Old Oak, The

DESCRIPTION: The oak "ruled the greenwood long." "In the days of old" maidens "frolicked with lovesome swains" but they are dead and the tree remains. Now gold is king "but he never shall send our ancient friend To be tossed on the stormy sea"
AUTHOR: Henry Fothergill Chorley (1808-1872) (source: Bodleian notes to broadsides)
EARLIEST DATE: before 1835 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3541))
KEYWORDS: death gold nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Williams-Thames, p. 203, "The Brave Old Oak" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Bk 21)
Roud #1281
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3541), "The Brave Old Oak" ("A song to the oak, the brave old oak"), G. Walker (Durham), 1797-1834; also Harding B 11(1771), Harding B 11(1508), Harding B 11(1389), Harding B 11(464), Harding B 11(1678), Harding B 11(439A), Firth b.26(370), Harding B 11(3312), Harding B 11(439), Firth b.28(35), Firth b.27(35), Johnson Ballads 2366 [some words illegible], Firth b.27(202) [some words illegible], Johnson Ballads fol. 113, Harding B 15(32b), "[The] Brave Old Oak"; Harding B 11(1065), "The Old Oak Tree"
LOCSheet, sm1878 03170, "The Brave Old Oak", White, Smith & Co (Boston), 1878 (with tune); also sm1882 08793, "The Brave Old Oak" (with tune)
LOCSinging, as101610, "The Brave Old Oak " ("A song to the oak, the brave old oak"), Harris' Card and Job Printing Office (Philadelphia), no date; also as109310, " The Brave Old Oak "

SAME TUNE:
The Whig Chief ("A song for the chief the brave whig chief," by J. H. Warland) (WolfAmericanSongSheets, p. 176)
File: WT203

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