Wildwood Flower Original 1860 Lyrics
Oh I Will twine mid the ringlets of my raven black hair
The lilies so pale and the roses so fair
He told he loved me and promised to love
*There may be a mistake in the first line of the second stanza.
The "folk song process" allows lyrics to evolve.
After 100 years we have the classic Wildwood Flower
performed by the Carter Family in the mid-20th century.
Ref.s Early Music Radio UK, Wikipedia, Traditional Folk Music Tune Book. Videos from YouTube