Loppington Bear (The Cobbler Frightened)
DESCRIPTION: "In Loppington town there does dwell, A cobbler that is known full well." One day the cobbler goes out and sees a great bear. He flees to the town. The townfolk set out to kill the bear -- until the blacksmith discovers that the bear is "a chump of wood"
EARLIEST DATE: 2013 (Atkinson & Roud); apparently in print by 1827
KEYWORDS: animal humorous
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Roy Palmer, "'Birmingham Broadsides and Oral Tradition" -- essay found in David Atkinson and Steve Roud, Editors, _Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America: The Interface between Print and Oral Tradition_, Ashgate, 2014, p. 41, "The Cobbler Frightened" (1 text)
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