Invitation to Lubberland The rivers run with claret fine, The brooks with rich canary, The ponds with other sorts of wine, To make your hearts full merry: Nay, more than this, you may behold, The fountains flow with brandy, The rocks are like refined gold, The hills are sugar candy. There's nothing there but holy-days With music out of measure; Who can forbear to speak the praise Of such a land of pleasure? There may you lead a lazy life, Free from all kind of labour: And he that is without a wife, May borrow of his neighbour. A broadside ballad, "An Invitation to Lubberland", 1685-8, may have served as a model for "The Big Rock Candy Mountain". Sexual activity in it is entirely heterosexual, but normal? In the middle English description of a Utopia, "The Land of Cokagyne", of the monks in the abbey the tale says, "He schal hab withoute danger xij. wives euch yere", evidently from among those in the nunnery. AB WBO Bruce Olson Apr98
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