If All the Seas Were One Sea
DESCRIPTION: "If all the seas were one sea, What a great sea that would be! If all the trees were one tree.... And if all the men... And if the great man took an axe, And cut down the great tree, And let it fall into the great sea, What a splish-splash that would be!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1842 (Halliwell)
KEYWORDS: sea nonballad
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 466, "If all the seas were one sea" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #92 n. 75, p. 92, "(If all the seas were one sea)"
Dolby, p. 31, "If All the Seas Were One Sea" (1 text)
cf. "If All the World Were Paper"
NOTES: It has been suggested that this is a parody of "ecclesiastical language." It doesn't feel like it to me, though. - RBW
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