“The Cork Leg”

Author: Henry Glassford Bell
Earliest date: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3925))
Keywords: humorous wordplay injury doctor technology
Found in: Britain(Scotland) Ireland

Description

"A tale I will tell, without any flam -- In Holland dwelt Mynheer von Clam." Clam, wealthy and self-indulgent, kicks a begger and breaks his leg. A surgeon amputates. Clam has a replacement made -- which has a mind of its own and will not stop running

Broadsides

References

  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 332-334, "The Cork Leg" (1 text)
  2. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 47-48, "The Cork Leg" (1 text)
  3. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 144-145, "The Cork Leg" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT, CORKLEG*
  5. Roud #4376
  6. BI, FVS332