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Robyn Starkey rohina at
Tue Apr 5 20:26:25 EDT 2005

Hi All

I have a request for information and am sure your excellent wisdoms can 
provide it. I am doing some work on the Corpus Christi Carol. Slightly 
modernised text herewith:

Lully, lully, lully, lully,
   The faucon hath born my make away.

He bare him up, he bare him down,
He bare him into an orcahrd brown.

In that orchard there was an halle,
That was hanged with purpill and pall.

And in that hall there was a bede,
It was hanged with gold so rede.

And in that bed there lithe a knight
His woundes bleding day and night.

By that bede side kneleth a may,
And she wepeth both night and day.

And by that bede side there standeth a stone,
"Corpus Christi" wreten there on.

It may be familiar as "Down in Yon Forest", or in the Jeff Buckley version.

What I want to know is, can you think of any other rhymes (possibly 
nursery rhymes) with that "in the orchard there was a hall; in the hall 
there was a bed" repetitive structure? I read something that suggested 
"The House that Jack Built," and I was hoping for some more (possibly 
better) examples.


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