Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief
DESCRIPTION: "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief." "Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief." Or other verses listing occupations. Often used as a counting rhyme
EARLIEST DATE: 1842 (Halliwell); something similar occurs in Caxton's _The Game and Playe of the Chesse_, c. 1475
KEYWORDS: playparty worker nonballad
FOUND IN: US Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Newell, #42, "Flower Oracles" (1 short text plus excerpts)
Opie-Oxford2 502, "TInker, Tailor...." (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #517 n. 56, pp. 216-217, "(My Belief)"
Welsch, p. 268, "(no title)" (1 short text, used to determine the occupation of a future husband)
ADDITIONAL: Marjorie Rowling, _The Folklore of the Lake District_, Rowman and Littlefield, 1976, p. 131, "(Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor") (1 short text plus related divination rhymes)
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