Further Antedating of "Folk-Song"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 11 14:44:14 UTC 2013

Here is an earlier citation I posted in 2006.  This one illustrates that some of the "folk-" compounds were formed on German models, sometimes being older than the English term "folk-lore":

folk song (OED 1870)

1843 _Foreign and Colonial Quarterly Review_ Jan. 57 (Periodicals Archive Online)  The lais, as folk song, as epic song, and as historic song, the lyric lais, and the German leiche, the church sequence, and the cloister prosae and
cantilenae, are all most abundantly discussed.

Fred Shapiro

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Subject: antedating "folk song"

1870: OED (with "folk's song" in 1847).

1860 John Williamson Palmer, ed. _Folk Songs_ (N.Y.: Scribner).

Palmer's anthology does not consist of "folksongs" in the modern sense: a
good indication that the sense was not then familiar.


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