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New York Folklore Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 4, Winter 1953

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NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. IX, No. 4, Winter 1953

“THE CURTIS COLLECTION OF SONGS, PART II
With Notes by the Editor

10. Per-ri Mer-ri Dictum

  1. I had four brothers over the sea,
    Per-ri, mer-ri, dictum domine,
    They each sent a present unto me,
    Partum, quartum, peri dicentem
    Per-ri, mer-ri, dic-tum dom-i-ne.

  2. The first sent me cherries without any stones,
    Per-ri, mer-ri, &c
    The second sent a chicken that hadn’t any bones,
    Partum, quartum, &c

  3. The third sent a blanket without any thread
    Per-ri, mer-ri, &c
    The 4th sent a book that couldn’t be read,
    Partum, quartum, &c

  4. When the cherries are in blossom they have no stones
    Perri merri &c
    When a chicken’s in the egg, it hasn’t any bones,
    Partum quartum &c

  5. When a blanket's in the fleece it hasn’t any thread,
    Per-xi mer-ri dictum domine
    When a book’s in the press it cannot be read,
    Partum quartum per i dicentem
    Per-ri mer-ri dictum dornine

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