Little Boy Blue
DESCRIPTION: "Little boy blue, come blow your horn, The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. Where is the boy who looks after the sheep? Under a haystack, fast asleep. Will you wake him? No, not I, For if I do, he will surely cry."
EARLIEST DATE: 1798 (Christmas Box, according to the Opies, who list several probable earlier versions)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 74, "Little Boy Blue" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #31, p. 46, "(Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn)"
Jack, p. 103, "Little Boy Blue" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 75, "Little Boy Blue" (1 text)
NOTES: The Baring-Goulds and Jack both quote with some approval the suggestion by Katherine Elwes Thomas that Little Boy Bliue was Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey. But the Opies regard this as more Thomasian silliness. So do I. - RBW
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