凑巧得很，整理流传下来的English and Scottish popular ballads共三百零五篇，正合“诗三百”之数。所谓Motif，不过是为以下现象发明的术语：The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Bob Dylan辗转因袭Lord Randal，遂有A Hard Rain's a - Gonna Fall:Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son? Oh, where have you been, my darling young one? I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall
又如Robin Hood and the widow's three sons以如下一段开头:There are twelve months in all the year, As I hear many say, But the merriest month in all the year Is the merry month of May