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Thread #69121   Message #3866437
Posted By: GMGough
16-Jul-17 - 03:52 PM
Thread Name: Martin Said to His Man
Subject: RE: Martin Said to His Man
> Clouting' means 'mending'.
> So the Man in the Moon was mending St Peter's shoes.

If the Man in the Moon was Henry VIII, then does "clouting off"
mean dissociating with the catholic church; or does it mean
mending the church in order that it will accede to Henry's demands.

Some years ago I asked Maddy Prior about this verse after a Steeleye
Show. Maddy said come back later. The band and audience stragglers
including me adjourned to the bar. Later in a more quiet moment I
asked again. Maddy said that it referred to Henry VIII and the Pope.