Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon, The
DESCRIPTION: "The man in the moon Came down too soon, And asked his way to Norwich; He went by the south, And burnt his mouth With supping cold plum porridge."
EARLIEST DATE: 1810 (Gammer Gurton's Garland)
KEYWORDS: food injury travel
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 331, "The man in the moon" (1 text )
Dolby, p. 91, "The Man in the Moon" (1 text)
NOTES: In one of his earliest attempts to examine what the lost archetypes of nursery rhymes might have been like, J. R. R. Tolkien dramatically expanded this as "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon," #6 in the Adventures of Tom Bombadil which first appear in 1923 (source: Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-Earth, revised edition, Houghton-Mifflin, 2003, p. 36), which I believe means that either it or Tolkien's other "Man in the Moon" poem, "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" (his attempt to "explain" "Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle") was the first published example of the Middle-Earth writings. - RBW
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