DESCRIPTION: "A dis, a dis, a green grass, A dis, a dis, a dis, Come all you pretty fair maids, And dance along with us." The singer goes a-roving, takes a girl by the hand, and promises her a prince. If the prince dies, she shall have another. All clap hands.
EARLIEST DATE: 1842 (Robert Chambers, _Popular Rhymes of Scotland_, according to Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: playparty courting dancing nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland, pp. 106-107, "Tripping Up the Green Grass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 17, "Green Grass" (5 texts, 1 tune)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #645, p. 256, "(A dis, a dis, a green grass)"
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 62, "(A dis, a dis, a green grass)" (1 text)
Newell, #3, "Here Comes a Duke" (4 texts, three of them being "Three Dukes," the last being this); #4, "Tread, Tread the Green Grass" (1 text); #161, "Tread the Green Grass" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: James Orchard Halliwell, The Nursery Rhymes of England (London, 1844 ("Digitized by Google")), #271 p. 154, ("Trip trap over the grass")
Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1847 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 375, "A Dis, A Dis, A Green Grass" (1 text)
Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #215, "Green Grass" (1 text)
cf. "Walking on the Green Grass"
NOTES: Roud lumps this with "Walking on the Green Grass," apparently on the basis that they're both playparties about green grass. They look distinct to me. - RBW
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