In Marble Walls as White as Milk

DESCRIPTION: Riddle: "In marble halls as white as milk, Lined with a skin as soft as silk, Within a fountain crystal-clear, a golden apple doth appear. No doors there are to this stronghold, Yet thieves break in and steal the gold." Answer: an egg.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1844 (Halliwell), with a manuscript version from around 1810, according to the Opies; Jack dates it to 1765 and _Mother Goose's Melody_
KEYWORDS: riddle nonballad food
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REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 199, "In Marble Halls as White as Milk" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #673 note 7, p. 270, "(In Marble Halls as White as Milk)"
Jack, p. 85, "In Marble Walls as White as Milk" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 185, "In Marble Walls As White As Milk" (1 text)

File: OO2199

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