Cork's Good Humoured Faces
DESCRIPTION: "For good-humoured faces, Cork once beat all places" but politics has soured them. With Olden's shaving soap "lathering chops, ill-blood stops" Peter of Russia smoothed his subjects' manners by having them shave. Even the devil was improved by a shave.
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Croker-PopularSongs)
KEYWORDS: commerce humorous nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 165-167, "Cork's Good Humoured Faces" (1 text)
cf. "Ballinafad" (tune, according to Croker-PopularSongs)
NOTES: Croker-PopularSongs: "A specimen of the ingenious manner in which a witty manufacturer in Cork of an excellent shaving soap, and other articles, that really require no puffing, contrives to attract attention to his inventions." - BS
There were three Tsars Peter of Russia: Peter I "the Great" (16772-1725; co-tsar from 1682; sole tsar from 1696); his grandson Peter II (1715-1730; tsar from 1727); and another grandson or Peter I, Peter III (1728-1762; tsar briefly in 1762 before being eposed and murdered by his wife Catherine II "the Great"). Given the poor records of Peter II and Peter III, we must assume Peter I is meant -- the more so since he was a westernizer. - RBW
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