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Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
16-Jan-03 - 02:31 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: The Basket of Eggs
Subject: RE: DTStudy: The Basket Of Eggs
At Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:

Basket of eggs Printed between 1820 and 1824 for W. Armstrong [Liverpool]. Harding B 28(166)

See also EGGS AND BACON in the DT.

Roud 377.

The DT entry credits neither collector nor source for the "Penguin" set. The song was noted by Ralph Vaughan Williams from Henry Burstow of Horsham, Sussex, in 1903, and was first published in The Journal of the Folk Song Society, vol.II (issue 7) 1905; p.102. Only one verse was printed, and at the moment I don't know where the editors of the Penguin Book got the rest of the text. Burstow did write down a number of his songs, so perhaps that's it. He published an autobiography, Reminiscences of Horsham, in 1911.