This episode of the smith and the maid is also found as half of Canto 38 "Girl into Gull" in the Finnish national epos Kalevala based on Karelian oral tradition, first published by editor Elias...
Oh she looked out of the window
As white as any milk
And he looked into the window
As black as any silk
"Hello hello hello hello
Hello you coal black smith
Oh what is your silly song?
You shall never change my maiden name
That I have kept so long"

"I'd rather die a maid, yes"
But then she said
"And be buried in my grave"
And then she said
"That I'd have such a nasty
Husky, dusky, musty, funky
Coal black smith
A maiden will I die"

Then she became a duck
A duck all on the stream
And he became a water dog
And fetched her back again
Then she became a hare
A hare all on the plain
And he became a greyhound dog
And fetched her back again
Then she became a fly
A fly all in the air
And he became a spider
And fetched her to his lair

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    General CommentA.k.a. "The Two Magicians", a traditional song-poem dating from the 17th century and possibly earlier. In the original version, Tibet continues as such:

    "And she became a corpse,
    A corpse all in the ground
    And he became the cold grey clay
    And smothered her all around"

    And in some live versions, a final repetition of the chorus follows. All I can say is that this song is amazing, especially when David really gets into it.
    Cynothoglyson September 07, 2006   Link

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