The Two Babes
Collected by Emory L. Hamilton
NOTE: This text was recopied directly from a typewritten copy in the archives of the Blue Ridge Institute. James Taylor Adams (1892-1954) kept typewritten copies of the folklore he and others collected during the last thirty years of his life, while he lived in Wise County, VA. Any typographical errors in the original transcript have not been corrected. For details on other tales about lost and unfortunate children, see The Babes in the Woods - and - The Two Lost Babes - and - Hansel and Gretel.
Emory L. Hamilton
Another one of the old tragedy songs, and one that is very old, according to Uncle Joe Hubbard (age 75), who gave me the words to this song and sung it for me, which was quite the most doleful tune I have ever heard. He knew no name for this song so I am calling it:
Replacement photocopy made by BRI, 9/1992
copyright 2007 U
of Virginia's College at Wise/Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College
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