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."
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (Greig/Duncan8)
KEYWORDS: love beauty hair nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Greig/Duncan8 1854, "Although My Love Be Black" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
NOTES [64 words]: The current description is all of the Greig/Duncan8 fragment.
Greig/Duncan8: "The first two lines resemble [1547 'Strichen's Plantins' Da']." I don't see this at all, but cf. Greig/Duncan8 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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