DESCRIPTION: "A maid all alone in a poor house did dwell.... Her hair was red and her age was nineteen -- Poor thing!" Her swain asks, "Will you fly by the light of yon star? For I am the i of the you that I are." Her father chases the man, who "flew up the flue."
EARLIEST DATE: 1936 (Hudson)
KEYWORDS: love courting nonsense wordplay
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hudson 88, p. 215, "Poor Thing" (1 text)
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