When This Old Hat Was New (III)
DESCRIPTION: "When this old hat was new": "provisions now are twice as dear"; "men could take each other's word." "Now the people are so poor ... plenty, aye, did then abound" "The commons they are taken in, and cottages pull'd down, And Moggy has no wool to spin"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(56))
KEYWORDS: poverty commerce hardtimes nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan3 541, "I Am Now a Poor Auld Man in Years" (1 fragment)
Bodleian, Harding B 28(56), "When My Old Hat Was New ("I am a poor old man in years, come listen to my song"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 25(1408)[some words illegible], Harding B 22(228), "[The] Old Hat"
NOTES: GreigDuncan3 is a fragment; broadside Bodleian Harding B 28(56) is the basis for the description. - BS
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