DESCRIPTION: A spider web catches a fly but can't hold a hornet. "Poor men [are] brought to shame"; the vain rich are praised. The singer wishes to be neither rich nor poor. If rich men would be just the camel's hump could be shaven and "the rich man enter heaven"
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood/Maitland)
KEYWORDS: poverty vanity virtue money Bible nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Broadwood/Maitland, pp. 48-49, "The Spider" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Matthew 19.24 (King James): "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (cf. Mark 10.25, Luke 18.25). For more on this see "How Many Miles to Babylon?" - BS
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