“When good King Arthur ruled this land” 1871

G.A.R. (1872)


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Context:
Location: London, England (TQ3079)
Year: Publ. 1871
Time of Occurrence: [Not given]
Collective Name: [Not given]

Source:

G.A.R.
Mother Goose's Melodies for Children, or Songs for the nursery...
London, 1872


Cast: (Click on any name for the character name index.)
Text:

[Narrator]

[Verse 1]

When good King Arthur ruled this land,
He was a goodly king;
He stole three pecks of barley-meal
To make a bag-pudding.

[Verse 2]

A bag-pudding the king did make,
And stuffed it well with plums;
And in it put great lumps of fat,
As big as my two thumbs.

[Verse 3]

The king and queen did eat thereof,
And noblemen beside;
And what they could not eat that night,
The queen next morning fried.


Notes:

These verses, or lines from them are included in certain sword dance plays, including the one from Ampleforth, Yorks.

As far as I can tell from Internet sources, this rhyme was first published in, and made popular by "Mother Goose's Melodies". Of the numerous editions of this book, the earliest I have been able to find is this, dated 1871. Help in dating this rhyme would be welcome.

The British Library catalogue gives the publication date as 1872 [1871], indicating actual publication in 1871 despite 1872 being given on the title page. [Original not yet checked.]

Verses downloaded from http://www.m-goose.com/nrg/libframe.html


File History:
24th Jan. 2000 - Entered by Peter Millington

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