ďA Frog Went A-CourtingĒ
Collected by Cecil Sharp
Sung by Miss Alpha Combs at Hindman School, Knott Co., KY, 1917. In English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians Collected by Cecil J. Sharp. Ed. Maud Karpeles. Vol. II (London: Oxford UP, 1932). pp. 317-18. Sharp's collection contains a number of other versions of this ballad and related frog songs. For details on other versions of this ballad, see Froggy Went A-Courting in AppLit's Annotated Index of Appalachian Folktales.
The lyrics to this ballad are also reprinted in Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism. Ed. J. D. Stahl, Tina L. Hanlon, and Elizabeth Lennox Keyser. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006. pp. 310-11. It appears in Part 3, Oral and Written Literary Traditions, along with illustrations from Randolph Caldecott's highly acclaimed nineteenth-century picture book, the Aesop fable about the mouse and frog, and Rex Stephenson's story theatre adaptation of "Mutsmag" (in which the folk heroine Mutsmag sings this song to wake up her sisters). See also A Guide to Appalachian Folklore and Literature in Crosscurrents of Children's Literature.
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