The Babes Who Were Stolen Away
Collected by James M. Hylton
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. Typographical errors in the original, including the misspelling in the title below, have not been corrected, except for a few obvious errors in spacing. One apparent error in a pronoun has been corrected in square brackets in the first stanza. 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.
Related to this Writer March 23, 1942, Wise, Virginia, by Mrs. Cornelia Ann (Carter) Robbins, aged 66 years of age and the daughter of Asbury Carter one of the older residents of the Glamorgan section near Wise, Va. She has already been of help to this writer in the way of Songs etc. During an interview with her in her home in East Wise this date she recited to me this old Religious-sort-of Ballad. One that is an old-timer in every respect. She has read it from an old book she has in her possession now.
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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