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Thread #2245 Message #2222362
Posted By: Jim Dixon
25-Dec-07 - 11:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
The long serious poem that Mick Bracken posted above can be seen, in its original typography, in "The Dagonet Ballads: (Chiefly from the Referee.)" by George Robert Sims, 1881, courtesy of Google Book Search.
Note that this must have been what earl.dandy was asking for in the original request.
I suppose the familiar shorter versions were composed as a parody of this one. One of those rather common situations when the parody becomes more famous than the original (although I suppose the original was quite famous at one time).
Say, whatever happened to Mick Bracken?