Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

DESCRIPTION: Peter, a neeper [neighbor], pumpkin-eater, chimney sweeper, ... 'Had a wife and couldn't keep her." He put her away [in a wall, pumpkin shell] and mice eat her, or he treats her well. Or, didn't love her until he taught her to read and write.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1797 (_Infant Institutes, part the first_, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad nonsense husband wife food
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1896, "Peer Peter My Neeper" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 405, "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater" (3 texts)
Dolby, p. 32, "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater" (1 text)

Roud #13497
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Heeper, peeper, Chimney-sweeper
NOTES: There must be countless parodies like this one: "Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her, Took an axe and smashed her bike, So she had to stay at home at night" (source: Edmond Redmond, Lyra Cyclus or The Bards and the Bicycle, (Rochester, 1897 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 90). - BS
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