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Synopsis[ edit ] There are many versions, all of which recount a similar story. A maiden a young unmarried woman or man is about to be hanged in many variants, for unknown reasons pleads with the hangmanor judgeto wait for the arrival of someone who may bribe him.
Typically, the first person or people to arrive, who may include the condemned person's parent or sibling, has brought nothing and often has come to see them hanged. The last person to arrive, often their true lovehas brought the goldsilveror some other valuable to save them.
Depending on the version, the condemned may curse all those who failed them. The typical refrain is: In at least one version the reply is: In versions carrying this theme, the typical refrain may add: O the prickly bush, the prickly bush, It pricked my heart full sore; If ever I get out of the prickly bush, I'll never get in any more.
Variants[ edit ] In some versions, the protagonist is male. This appears to be more prevalent in the United States, where the hanging of women was uncommon. The woman may be being held for ransom by pirates, or she has stolen something from her employer.
Other instances tell of her having lost a treasured golden ball   or indicate that she is being hanged for fornication. The woman offers to buy her father's freedom from the judge, who responds: The maiden pays the judge's terrible price but wakes the next morning to find that her father has been hanged, anyway.
Some 50 versions have been reported in Finland,  where it is well known as "Lunastettava neito". A Lithuanian version has the maid asking relatives to ransom her with their best animals or belongings crown, house, crown, ring, sword, etc.
She then regales the judge with 13 curses. With no reference to any curse, it tells a story not very different from those of "Feher Anna" and "Seven Curses". Cecilia's husband has been condemned to be hanged, and she asks the captain how it is possible to spare his life.
The captain promise to save her husband if Cecilia sleeps with him, but in the morning Cecilia sees from the window her man has been hanged. The maid asks her relatives father, mother, brother, sister, and uncle to ransom her with their best belongings or animals horse, cow, sword, crown, and ship.
Numerous European variants explain the reason for the ransom: His haunting, shrill tenor delivers the lyrical counterpoint, and his story is punctuated with spoken-word, as he "interrupts his song to discourse on its theme". Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
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