Twa Corbies vs. Three Raven, was Re: Re[2]: minstrel: The Ballad Book

mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU
Thu Feb 27 10:31:13 PST 1997

Hmmmmm...  curiouser and curiouser.  I have heard and read versions of the
song called both "Twa Corbies" and "Three Ravens," and while the songs are
indeed different, the similar story-line and cross over of several key
verses has always made me believe that they were of the same origin.  Has
the wool been pulled over my eyes for too long?
Also, scholars have related "Chevy Chase" with "The Battle of Otterburn,"
and those two songs are radically different.  

"Ye knowe ek that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden pris, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh he, and yet thei spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do."
	--Geoffrey Chaucer (late 14th cent.)

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