As I Was Going by Charing Cross
DESCRIPTION: As I was going by Charing Cross, I saw a black man upon a black horse, They told me it was King Charles the First, Oh dear, my heart was ready to burst."
EARLIEST DATE: 1844 (Halliwell); probably first found in an Ashmole ms. of c. 1660 (source: Opei-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: royalty horse execution
1625-1649 - Reign of Charles I
Jan 30, 1649 - Execution of Charles I (who was deposed and executed for being too much of an absolute monarch) near Whitehall and Charing Cross
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 93, "As I Was Going to Charing Cross" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #214, p. 145, "(As I was going by Charing Cross)"
Jack, p. 4, "As I Was Going by Charing Cross" (1 text)
cf. "Banbury Cross" (lyrics)
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