Here Comes Solomon and All His Glory
DESCRIPTION: "Here comes so-and-so Riding on a pretty [royal] pony Standing by [looking for] the house of glory" on so-and-so's wedding [washing] day. The singer would take Lily by the hand and give three cheers for so-and-so's daughter.
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: wedding nonballad horse playparty
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #152, p. 2, "Here Comes the King" (1 text)
GreigDuncan8 1611, "Here Comes Solomon and All His Glory" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Opie-Game 85, "Mrs Macaroni" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The "so-and-so" riding can be Solomon, the king, or Mrs Macaroni.
GreigDuncan8: "Verses 2-3 of B [Greg #152] correspond to Opie, Singing Game, No. 86 'Monday Night', of which there are versions in this edition at [GreigDuncan4] 919 'Some Delights In Cards and Dice'." - BS
The line "Here comes Solomon in all his glory" is reminiscent of Song of Songs 3:7-11, but the royal pony is more likely a reference to 1 Kings, chapter 1. As David lay dying, his sons Adonijah and Solomon disputed the succession. David supposedly declared that Solomon, the younger son, should succeed (1 Kings1:28-37). The actual evidence for this is thin -- really just Solomon's propaganda. What is certain is that Somomon was proclaimed King, and rode King David's Mule (1 Kings 1:38). This was one of the acts which made him King. Too bad that he proved a spendthrift who did nothing to strengthen the kingdom, which broke up immediately after his death. - RBW
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