Cheshire Man, The
DESCRIPTION: "A Cheshire man sailed into Spain To trade for merchandize." A Spaniard boasts "what fruit and spices fine Our land produces twice a year." The Cheshire man shows his Cheshire cheese "our land brings twice a day." They duel. "Never let the Spaniard boast"
EARLIEST DATE: 1746 (according to Jones/Timbs)
KEYWORDS: pride bragging fight commerce food England Spain
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 29, "The Cheshire Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: R Wilberham Jones, "Note No. 71 - June 31 [sic]: Cheshire Cheese" in The Cheshire Sheaf (1880, Chester ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. I, (Chester "Courant" May 1, 1878), p. 144, "Cheshire Cheese" (1 text), quoting "Timbs' 'Nooks and Cornersof English Life,' 1867, page 210."
NOTES: Jones/Timbs: "Chester retains its celebrity for cheese-making. The pride of its people in the superiority of its cheese may be gathered from the following provincial song, with the music, published in 1746, during the Spanish war, in the reign of George 2nd." - BS.
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