Bergere Fait du Fromage (The Shepherdess Makes Cheese)

DESCRIPTION: French. The shepherdess makes cheese from the milk of her white sheep. In anger she kills her kitten. She confesses to her father and, for penance she will embrace men: not priests, but especially men of war with beards.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (BerryVin)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage sex nonsense animal shepherd
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf) US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Peacock, pp. 241-242, "Bergere Fait du Fromage" (1 text, 1 tune)
BerryVin, p. 46, "Il etait une bergere (The Shepherdess)" (1 text + translation, 1 tune)

RECORDINGS:
Mme Josephine Costard, "Bergere Fait du Fromage" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
NOTES: In Peacock's version, there is no explanation for why the girl killed the kitten; perhaps it ate the cheese? - (BS, RBW)
In BerryVin, the shepherdess tells the kitten to dip its paw (English) or leg (French) into the milk, to sample it. Instead, it dips its chin. Why this should so enrage the shepherdess isn't clear, particularly since it's the paw that walks in the litter-box. - PJS
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