Free Gardener, The
DESCRIPTION: "Old Adam was the gardener ... A fig-leaved apron he sewed and put on ... who would na wish a free gardener to be?" Eve asked to be a gardener. He said "no woman on earth my secrets should gain." "She made him leave the garden a ploughboy to be"
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: Bible wordplay worker
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 473, "The Free Gardener" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Old Adam Was a Gairner
NOTES: If it's not clear from my description, Adam's secrets ("I early obtained them by Heaven's decree"), those of the free "gardener" are really those of the Free Mason: "We're noble fellows and our aprons are blue, We toil in our garden, we plant and we sow, Kings are our companions, how noble are we! Then who would na wish a free gardener to be?" Women cannot know those secrets. After all, Eve "made him eat the apple, She made him go bound when he might have gone free...."
GreigDuncan3: "'From her [Mrs Beaton] early note-book, this being dated April, 1867.'" - BS
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