Struggle for the Breeches, The

DESCRIPTION: Husband: "You are inclin'd I now do find the breeches for to wear." Wife: "No, dear, not I, but I will die or I will have my share" They trade ("comic"?) insults without resolution.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1873 (Poet's Box broadside "Struggle For The Breeches," according to GreigDuncan7)
KEYWORDS: shrewishness accusation bragging dialog humorous nonballad husband wife
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan7 1286, "The Struggle for the Breeches" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, pp. 268-271, "The Struggle for the Breeches" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 419)

Roud #1316
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth c.20(157), "The Struggle for the Breeches" ("About my wife I mean to sing a very comic song"), H. Such (London), 1863-1885; also Harding B 16(262a), Firth c.26(237)[some illegible lines], "[The] Struggle for the Breeches"
Murray, Mu23-y4:026, "Struggle For The Breeches," unknown, 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(45a), "Struggle for the Breeches," unknown, c.1890

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Wearing of the Britches" (theme) and references there
NOTES: GreigDuncan7 quoting Bell Robertson [1841-1922]: "That was a song that was thought funny when I was a girl." - BS
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