There Was a Little Man
DESCRIPTION: "There was a little man, And he had a little gun, And the ball was made of lead." The little man goes out to hunt ducks. He hits the duck in the head and brings her home to his wife to cook. (He goes out to shoot the drake, but it escapes)
EARLIEST DATE: 1744 (Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book)
KEYWORDS: bird hunting food
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) US(MW)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Williams-FolkSongsOfTheUpperThames, p. 220, "There Was a Little Man" (1 text) (also Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 131)
Grimes-StoriesFromTheAnneGrimesCollection, p. 100, "There Was a Little Man" (1 text)
Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 325, "There was a little man, and he had a little gun" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-AnnotatedMotherGoose #25, p. 38, "(There was a little Man)"
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Ritson, Gammer Gurton's Garland (London, 1810 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 45, "The Duck and the Drake" (1 text)
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