Hot Cross Buns

DESCRIPTION: "Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! If your daughters do not like them, give them to your sons...." Else, "eat them yourselves"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1797 (_Christmas Box_, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: food commerce nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England,Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1686, "Hot Cross Buns" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Oxford2 84, "Hot Cross Buns!" (2 texts)
Jack, p. 75, "Hot Cross Buns" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 159, "Hot Cross Buns" (1 texT)

Roud #13029
NOTES: Opie-Oxford2: "This was formerly a street cry, as mentioned, for instance, in Poor Robin's Almanack for 1733." - BS
As the Opies note, this began life as a street cry. But the tradition of hot cross buns at Eastertide has become so strong that it appears the piece has gone into tradition. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.3
File: OpOx084

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