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Thread #114305 Message #2438529
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
12-Sep-08 - 01:32 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Drink Old England Dry
pavanne, I posted part of that version you link from the Bodleian, but could not read it all (see my earlier post with the last three verses). Perhaps you might be able to read (or guess) more of it. I haven't gone back to it yet.
The version posted by Greenjack also appears in Contemplator. Drink Little England Dry
Did Barrett have any evidence that the version he printed actually came from the time of Napoleon?
The English first applied the word 'frog' to Jesuits and esp. Dutchmen in the 17th c., references indicate that it was also applied to Frenchmen in the late 18th c. (OED)