I Drank a Drink
DESCRIPTION: A riddle: "I drank a drink, 'twas since the streen, I drank it from an earthen wall, Where never earthen it did fall, And through the red gold it did run, And in a garden this was done"
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: riddle nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan8 1631, "I Drank a Drink" (1 text)
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan8 text.
GreigDuncan8: .".. the solution may relate to an egg...." - BS
I rather doubt this, although my best guess (a fountain with copper pipes) isn't much good either. I suspect the guess about the egg is because the riddle mentions gold, and another well-known riddle refers to "golden treasure" inside an egg. (The "golden treasure" version is from the riddle game in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (based on a nursery rhyme). But note that this is RED gold. I'm more reminded of one of the Exeter Book riddles about an oyster -- an oyster in a pond fed by a fountain, perhaps. Or perhaps I'm all wet.
Alternately: A bottle of wine wrapped in foil drunk amid flowers. (And if you think that's bad, remember that there is an Anglo-Saxon riddle for which the suggested answer is "a one-eyed seller of garlic.") - RBW
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