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Thread #140894   Message #3241040
Posted By: Lighter
18-Oct-11 - 08:45 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)
Except for the perfectly ordinary meter (like that of "Clementine"), I don't see any similarity in text or tune or theme between "The Gypsy's Warning" and "Poor but Honest."

What am I missing?

According to Ed Cray, the "Clipper" song is much more recent parody of "Poor but Honest."

Auden's claim that "PBH" is a "Victorian ballad" seems to be based on intuition alone.