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Location: Nottingham, Notts., England (SK5741) Year: 1796 Time of Occurrence: [Not given] Collective Name: [Not given]
OLD NOTTINGHAM : Its Streets, People, &c. : SECOND SERIES
Nottingham, Nottingham Daily Express Office, 1904, pp.59-60
I will lead you into a country
where the rivers consist of fine nut-brown ale -
where the houses are built of hot roast beef,
and the wainscots papered with pancakes.
There, my boys, it rains plum-pudding every Sunday morning,
the streets are paved with quartern loaves,
and nice roasted pigs run about
with knives and forks stuck in them, and crying out,
'Who will eat me? Who will eat me?'
This satirical parody of a recruiting speech shares "Land of Cockaigne" motifs that are also found in some folk plays.
19th Jan.1995 - Entered by Peter Millington 25th Mar.1997 - File named by Peter Millington 28th May 2002 - Notes amended by PTM