There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

DESCRIPTION: "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, She had so many children she didn't know what to do; She gave them some broth without any bread; She whipped them all soundly and put them to bed."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1787 (Gammer Gurton's Garland, according to the Opies)
KEYWORDS: children abuse injury food poverty
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REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 546, "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe" (2 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #87, p. 85, "(There was an old woman who lived in a shoe)"
Jack, p. 208, "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 38, "There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" (1 text)

Roud #19132
NOTES: Several sources connect this with King George II of Great Britain, but supporting evidence, as usual, is lacking. Dolby also mentions an Elizabeth Vergoose of Boston, who had six children and ten stepchildren, but again, no supporting evidence (as Dolby admits). - RBW
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