Song of Old (Adam the First Was Formed of Dust)

DESCRIPTION: "Adam the first was formed of dust, As scripture doth record, And did receive a wife called Eve...." They are happy until Eve eats the forbidden fruit and destroys their life. Now people keep up the old tradition by bundling
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1794 (Journal of the Polly)
KEYWORDS: sex marriage food humorous
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-Gam, pp. 330-332, "Song of Old" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Huntington suggest this began as a broadside. I somewhat doubt it -- despite its jovial tone and informal vocabulary (multiple uses of "fust" for "first"), it has the noteworthy feature of using internal rhymes in the first and third lines of the stanza (e.g. "And did reCEIVE a wfe called EVE"). This suggests a poet studied in forms other than traditional balladry. - RBW
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File: HGam330

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