DESCRIPTION: "Monday night, Band of Hope, Tuesday night, pull the rope, Wednesday night a visitor [or, put on your coat]." Then, lines like "I love so-and-so" or "take her to the river ... Give her a kiss and send her back"
EARLIEST DATE: 1895 (Opie-Game)
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,West))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game 86, "Monday Night" (3 texts, 1 tune)
NOTES: Opie-Game considers this rhyme descended from "My Nannie, O" via "Sunday Night." The argument, as the Opies recognize, seems tenuous: "This is the present stage of the game's evolution; and although scarcely a trace remains of the original structure, yet the bouncing jollity of the 1680's song somehow survives." All that's left of the link to the nineteenth century stage -- much less to the seventeenth century -- is that it starts with a night and that both have a bonny girl: now, "Monday night, Band of Hope"; then, "Sunday night an' Nancy o!" - BS
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