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Thread #140894   Message #3240980
Posted By: Lighter
18-Oct-11 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: She Was Poor (Same The Whole World Over)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Was Poor (Same The Whole World Over)
I've found a slightly earlier publication of a complete text, also in the American Mercury (Dec., 1925), sent in by Sarah Halm of New York with the note, "I don't know who wrote the ancient Cockney song of 'She was poor but she was honest,' but here is the version given me by an Englishman who visited America last year."

There are six stzs., all (again) rather like Sandburg's; there's no bishop or chaplain, however. Stanza 6 is "It's the sime...," which is not indicated as a chorus.

Some of Sandburg's stanzas more or less duplicate each other. In this case that suggests conflation rather than "incremental repetition."

Halm titles her stanzas "The Song of Shime."

A reader had inquired after the name of the author in the September issue. He gave the opening lines only.

Frank Shay's "My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions" (1927) prints seven stanzas and the chorus, "As sung by Harrison Dowd, Provincetown, Mass., 1925." Again like Sandburg, no bishop or chaplain. In the final stanza (after the "wealthy marriage" and the unforgiving, champagne-sipping parents)the girl kills her child.

That too sounds to me like an addition.

Dowd (1897-1964) was an American actor, musician,and poet. He was a close friend of Edna St. Vincent Millay.