Janet She Cam' Doon the Gait
DESCRIPTION: "Janet she cam' doon the gait To borrow elaeven eggs fae Pate Her muckle tappit hen to set The cock was but a gawpie [GreigDuncan8: fool]"
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (GreigDuncan8)
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan8 1881, "Janet She Cam' Doon the Gait" (1 fragment)
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan8 fragment.
Considering the fragment we have I would have thought the cock more likely to be a capon, either literally or figuratively. - BS
Several versions of "The Baffled Knight" [Child 112], mostly Scottish in my experience, have verses about unproductive chickens. The Digital Tradition version, for instance, has one which reads
There is a cock in our father's barn, he never trod a hen
He flies about and flaps his wings, I think you're one of them.
Another one talked about a "likely hen... That clucked and clucked and clucked again But neer an egg would lay." This probably isn't related, but it would seem this was a rather common concern in Scotland. - RBW
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