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THE MAIDEN

THERE ONCE WAS A MAIDEN SO FAIR,
HER BRIGHT BLUE EYES AND GOLDEN HAIR;
BUT HER LIFE WAS RUINED BY A TWIST OF FATE,
THE STORY'S AWFUL, I'M SAD TO RELATE.
YES, THE TALE IS TRUE, FOR I WOULD NOT LIE,
I HEARD IT ONE NIGHT WHILE I WAS STILL HIGH;
I HAVE WRITTEN IT JUST AS SHE TOLD IT TO ME,
AND THE PAIN HAS MADE ME SICK AS CAN BE.
"I LEFT HIM FLAT; FOR HE TREATED ME CRUEL;
FOR NOW I SEE THAT I WAS A FOOL,
HE'S UGLY AND DIRTY AND SMELLS LIKE A HORSE,
AND THAT'S WHY I DECIDED TO GET A DIVORCE."
"I WAS JUST TWENTY WHEN THE MESS DID START,
HE SAID HE WOULD LOVE ME TILL DEATH DO US PART;
LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT THE DAY WOULD SOON COME,
WHEN I WOULD GET WISE TO THAT NO-GOOD BUM.
"NOW I AM HAPPY AND FINALLY FREE,
TO THINK, DO, AND SAY WHAT I PLEASE;
SO FOR A LITTLE ADVICE BEFORE YOU MARRY,
BE SURE YOUR HUSBAND IS NOT BIG AND HAIRY."
"SO WHEN THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS TURNS TO A FINK,
GET A DIVORCE OR MAKE A BIG STINK;
BUT IF YOU SEE HE'S NO GOOD FROM THE START,
DROP HIM FAST OR HE'LL BREAK YOUR HEART."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): LAMENT ADVICE ; METER: IAMBIC TRIMETER ; RHYME: MASCULINE, AABB ; SIMILE INDIRECTION HUMOR MARRIAGE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.325

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DON'T WORRY IF YOUR WORK IS SMALL,
OR YOUR REWARDS ARE FEW.
REMEMBER THAT THE MIGHTY OAK,
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME: ABCB METER: ALTERNATING IAMBIC TETRAMETER AND IAMBIC TRIMETER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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BE CAREFUL

IF WISDOM'S WAYS YOU WISELY SEEK,
FIVE THINGS OBSERVE WITH CARE:
OF WHOM YOU SPEAK, TO WHOM YOU SPEAK,
AND HOW, AND WHEN, AND WHERE.

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE AND REARRANGED ONE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

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DON'T WORRY IF YOUR WORK IS SMALL,
OR YOUR REWARDS ARE FEW.
REMEMBER THAT THE MIGHTY OAK,
WAS ONCE A NUT LIKE YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): METER: ALTERNATING IAMBIC TETRAMETER AND IAMBIC TRIMETER ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

Date learned: 10-24-1972

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BE CAREFUL

IF WISDOM'S WAYS YOU WISELY SEEK,
FIVE THINGS OBSERVE WITH CARE:
OF WHOM YOU SPEAK, TO WHOM YOU SPEAK,
AND HOW, AND WHEN, AND WHERE.

Submitter comment: UNDATED ENTRY WRITTEN IN MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Data entry tech comment: ADDED TITLE AND REARRANGED ONE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE ; RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: CA00001964

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PROVERB

LARGER SHIPS
MAY VENTURE MORE.
LITTLE BOATS
MUST STAY NEAR SHORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION FOR CONTRAST ; CONTRAST ; RIME ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 07-17-1964

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WEATHER PROBERB

"IF THE SMOKE GOES STRAIGHT UP
OUT OF THE CHIMNEY, THE WEATHER
WILL BE GOOD ALL DAY

Submitter comment: (MISS VANNESTE LEARNED THIS
FROM HER MOTHER.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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WEATHER PROBERB

IF THE SNOW GOES CRISS-CROSS
ON THE FIRST DAY OF SNOW,
IT WILL BE A LONG HARD WINTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): RIME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Weather Proverb

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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WEATHER PREDICTION

IF THE SUN IN RED SHALL SET
THE NEXT SURELY WILL BE WET

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: OHIO ; Euclid

Keyword(s): RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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IF WELL APPLIED MAKES THE DULL HORSES FEEL ONE SPUR IN THE HEAD IS
WORTH TWO IN THE HEEL.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C-88 C-88.200

Date learned: 10-07-1968

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IF WOOLEN FLEECES SPREAD THE HEAVENLY WAY, BE SURE NO RAIN
DISTURBS THE SUMMER DAY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): RIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

Date learned: 09-07-1969

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LOOKING IN CORNERS

WHEN SOME PERSON YOU KNOW IS CONSTANTLY SNOOPING AROUND YOU CAN SAY
"ONLY MONKEYS LOOK IN CORNERS."
WHEN YOU WRITE A LETTER OR A NOTE YOU CAN WRITE "ONLY MONKEYS LOOK
IN CORNERS."

Submitter comment: THESE TWO GO TOGETHER BECAUSE OFTEN PEOPLE LOOK FOR MISTAKES IN
LETTERS THEY RECEIVE AND BY PUTTING THE PHRASE IN ONE OF THE CORNERS
YOU ARE SAYING THAT THE PERSON SHOULD ENJOY THE LETTER AND NOT LOOK
FOR MISTAKES. THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE FOR THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Keyword(s): ANIMAL COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): PARA-RIME: BUY BE ; TREATING TO DRINKS

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 01-24-1971

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QUESTION: THREE MERCHANTS AND THREE ROBBERS HAD TO CROSS A
LAKE. HOWEVER, ONLY ONE ROWBOAT WAS AVAILABLE AND IT COULD
SAFELY CARRY ONLY TWO PEOPLE AT A TIME. HOW COULD THEY ALL
MANAGE TO GET ACROSS SINCE ONE MERCHANT WAS AFRAID TO BE LEFT
ALONE WITH TWO ROBBERS? ANSWER: FIRST OF ALL TWO ROBBERS
CROSSED. ONE ROBBER THEN BROUGHT THE BOAT BACK AND ROWED ACROSS
THE THIRD ROBBER. AFTERWARDS HE RETURNED ONCE MORE AND
REMAINED ON SHORE. THEN TWO MERCHANTS GOT INTO THE BOAT AND
ROWWED ACROSS. ONE MERCHANT IN COMPANY WITH ONE ROBBER RETURNED
WITH THE BOAT. THE ROBBER GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND THEN TWO
MERCHANTS ROWED ACROSS. AFTER THAT A ROBBER RETURNED TO GET THE
LAST ROBBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FITZGERALD PLAYGROUND ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRIME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JEWELER AND A JAILER?
ONE SELLS WATCHES AND THE OTHER WATCHES CELLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRIME

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-22-1968

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BELIEF ABOUT CRIMINALS

A CRIMINAL ALWAYS RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CRIME ; Criminal ; Habit ; Revisit

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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