Source: Helen Hartness Flanders' ""Ancient Ballads Traditionally Sung in New England v.4. 1965. Sent by Mrs. Lena Bourne Fish of East Jaffrey, NH, whose father Stratton Bourne was born in Northern Vermont.Child #286I learned it from John Roberts of New York State who learned it from Margaret MacArthur of Vermont
Notes: Often called "The Golden Vanity" or "The Merry Golden Tree" or "The Lowlands Low."Helen Hartness Flanders' ""Ancient Ballads Traditionally Sung in New England vol 4 1965 has 36 versions"" from New England (VT, NH, NY, RI, ME).Cecil Sharp ""English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians vol 1 has 11 versions from (NC, TN, KY, VA) in 1916-18Francis James Child"" The English and Scottish Popular Ballads has 3 from England and Scotland.""The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection has 6 from NE Scotland.""Bertrand Bronson"" The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads has 110 tunes with texts.""