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    Willow browbound

    Hello,

    Can anybody enlighten me on what the bold text means? I have found it nowhere except for in the author´s text ...

    Whilst I stood beside it I felt an overpowering desire to play a country ballad with an over-word of 'Willow browbound'. The words in strict accordance with the melody are merry and sad by turns: at one time filled with light happiness, at another bitter as the voice of one bereaved for ever of joy.

    The Return, Murray Gilchrist, 190?


    Thank you very much
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    Re: Willow browbound

    Are you sure of the spelling, and is it presented as you have posted it, with a capital "W" and in inverted commas?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Willow browbound

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you sure of the spelling, and is it presented as you have posted it, with a capital "W" and in inverted commas?

    Yes, the text in the book is exactly as I wrote it in the post.
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    Re: Willow browbound

    I would guess that "Willow browbound" is a song, but I can't find any reference to it on the web.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Willow browbound

    I'm not at home this month and cannot access my music collection, but will check when I get back. There are various folk songs about willows- the one that comes to mind is Willow, willow, which the composer Percy Grainger recorded. I can't recall this as a title, but I agree with Bhaisahab that it is most likely a song.

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