27″W X 33″H
Hemp – hand dyed, screen printed and embroidered
This ballad dates from the 17th century and follows a popular English folk tale pattern of “riddling”. In these songs and tales, riddles are used as a form of confrontation between lovers or between the devil and an individual. Here, an elf threatens to kidnap a young woman unless she can answer his riddles but she responds with a list of things that he must first do, thus avoiding an abduction. This song was made popular in contemporary folk music by Simon and Garfunkel in their well known song “Scarborough Fair”.