M. H. Mason (Auth.)
NURSERY RHYMES AND Country Songs: BOTH TUNES AND WORDS FROM TRADITION [2nd ed. - The Old Horse: Christmas Play from Notts.]
London: Metzler & Co., 1908, pp.49-50
2nd edition of M.H.Mason (1877), which includes a dramatised song headed "The Old Horse: CHRISTMAS PLAY". The
footnote is extended as follows:-
prints, he says, for the first time, a version of these words, without the prologue, in his 'Songs of the Peasantry.' He thinks
the 'Old Horse' to be of Scandinavian origin, a reminiscence of Odin's Sleipnor. The horse's head is, or was, however, used in
Ireland in connection with customs most probably Phenician. It is placed at the end of a double row of bonfires, between which
the people run up to it."
The reference is to James Henry Dixon, "Ancient poems ballads and songs of the peasantry of England", London: Percy Society, 1846
Mason is likely to have collected this play from the vicinity of Morton Hall near Ranby, Notts., where she lived from 1869.
Morton Hall, Ranby, Notts. (SK6580); Notts.; Derbys.; South Wales
Col. 1869 to 1877; First Publ. 1877; Publ. 1908
Full Text; Tunes; Dramatised Songs; Christmas; Old Horse; Dixon,J.H. (1846)
Marianne Harriet Mason (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00733;
Traditional Song Forum, http://tradsong.online/rare-song-books, Accessed 23rd Jan.2018;;
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, https://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S217289, Accessed 23rd Jan.2018
Last Updated Feb 2018 by Peter Millington.