Folk Play Distribution Map: Big Head quatrain

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Key Earliest example of variant Approx. Date
black hear cums i that never came yet... 1779
  hear cums i that never came yet 1779
  i hauve a great head but i hauve but aletil wit 1779
  tho my head be great and my wits be small 1779
blue i can play the fol for awhile as well as the best of them all 1779
yellow wether irise or wether ifoll 1785-1789
red i will do my endeavour to please you all 1785-1789
aqua and i ve brought my fiddle to please you all 1780
lime so i ll play ye a tune to plaze ye all 1851
fuchsia i call myself the best man among them all 1870
  1. Known composite scripts prepared by known authors have been omitted.
  2. Chapbooks, broadsides, and other commercial texts have been omitted.
1. Omit known composite scripts prepared by literary authors
2. Omit chapbooks, broadsides & commercial texts


This map derives from a map published by Mike Preston (2002), and worked up using data from the Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts (Millington, 1994-2018).

Peter Millington


Peter Millington (1999-2018) Folk Play Research: Texts and Contexts
Internet URL:, 1999-2018, accessed 24th Jan.2021
Retitled in 2018 - formerly 'Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts'.

Peter Millington (2004-2021) Folk Play Scripts Explorer
Internet URL:, 2004-2021, accessed 24th Jan.2021

Michael Preston (2003) Reading Chapbooks Closely: Gleaning Evidence about their Composition, History, and Relationship to Oral Traditions
in: Folk Drama Studies Today: The International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, ed. by E.Cass & P.Millington
Sheffield, Traditional Drama Research Group, 2003, ISBN 0-9508152-3-3, pp.133-176     [PDF Download - 3.02MB]

This map was generated from the Folk Play Scripts Explorer.
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