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Thread #16362   Message #1364128
Posted By: IanC
23-Dec-04 - 10:57 AM
Thread Name: Twelve Days of Christmas-for teaching catechism?
Subject: RE: Twelve Days of Christmas
Hard to know which of the old threads to put this one in, but I thought it ought to be recorded somewhere. I know the Urban Myth about the Catechism origin of the 12 Days song has been thoroughly debunked but here's the British Library entry for the first known printed version.

Title: Mirth without Mischief. Containing the Twelve Days of Christmas; The play of the Gaping-Wide-Mouthed-Wadling-Frog; Love and Hatred; the Art of talking with the fingers; and Nimble-Ned's alphabet and figures.

Publisher/year: London, [1780?]
Physical descr. 24ยบ.
Added Entry: MIRTH main entry
holdings(1):All items
Holdings(BL): Ch.780/110. Request
Control number: 002507986 002649112

I'm hoping to have a look at "The play of the Gaping-Wide-Mouthed-Wadling-Frog" when I get a chance.