I have not troubled this list for arcane information for some
time; but now I enquire if there is anyone who knows whether the
cante-fable, i.e. a prose narrative folk tale interspersed with
short song or chant in verse, is part of the Irish tradition;
and if so, from how far back?
The only Irish record I have is in P W Joyce, 1909, Old Irish Folk
Music and Songs, No. 108, page 55; Hodges, Figgis & Co. Ltd.,
Dublin; but the way he describes it fits exactly the model
described by Cecil Sharp, 1907, English Folk Song - Some
Conclusions, Simpkin & Co., London, when writing of the same piece
which is known in England as 'The Story of Orange' from a single
instance of that title collected by Frank Kidson in Liverpool.
Kidson (in F Kidson & Mary Neal, 1915, English Folk-Song and
Dance, page 17, wrote that versions of this story were known in
English and German with the same rhyme passages.
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