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Recruiting Speech of 1796

J.Granger (1904)

Context

Location: 
Nottingham
SK5741
Time of Occurrence: 
[Not given]
Collective name: 
[Not given]

Source

Author: 
James Granger
Title: 
OLD NOTTINGHAM : Its Streets, People, &c. : SECOND SERIES
Publication: 
Nottingham, Nottingham Daily Express Office, 1904, pp.59-60

Cast

English Officer

Text

English Officer

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?'

Notes

This satirical parody of a recruiting speech shares "Land of Cockaigne" motifs that are also found in some folk plays.