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Thread #69121   Message #1172072
Posted By: alanww
27-Apr-04 - 06:23 AM
Thread Name: Martin Said to His Man
Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
As Malcolm Douglas says, it is a very old song. William Chappell in his "Popular Music of the Olden Time", published in 1855-1859 gives the 1588 and 1609 references that Malcolm quotes and also says that:-
"... it is alluded to in Dekker's comedy, Old Fortunatus, where Shadow says: "Only to make other idiots laugh, and wise men cry 'Who's the fool now?' " which is the burden of every verse. It is thought to be a satire upon those who tell wonderful stories."
And there are still a few of such people about today!
"I saw the man in the moon ...!"