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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleFly and the grasshopper
Roud No.1326
Collected FromMessenger, Charles
LocationCerney Wick
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 369
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 26th February, 1916, p 3, Part 20, No. 12: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 304
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Said the fly to the grasshopper -
"Thee bist a hopping thing,
And, let thy father be what he will,
Thy mother was never a king."

Verse 2

Said the fly to the grasshopper -
"Thee bist a hopping dog,
And let thy mother be what she will,
Thy father sprung from a frog."
Print Song Lyrics
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'An old catch, once popular around Cricklade and Blunsdon, Wiltshire.'

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Once popular around Cricklade, Wiltshire.'

Note 2

The original note, crossed out in blue pencil, probably by Williams reads:

Obtained of Charles Messenger, Cerney Wick.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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