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Poor cock robin

The origins of the tale are uncertain, but a stained window depicting a robin killed by an arrow could already be found in the fifteenth century at Buckland Rectory Gloucestershire.

Who Killed Cock Robin? (Roud )

The popular tale has generated a variety of parodies and spinoffs: In this poorthe Sparrow is brought to court and interrogated. The accounts of the witnesses get increasingly complex: Or was it a cat?

In the end Judge Hawke, cock the sparrow to still be guilty, takes the metering out of punishment into his own hands, or, perhaps more accurately, beak:. Intaxidermist Walter Potter staged the Death of Cock Robin with 98 different species of embalmed birds.

The Death and Burial of Cock Robin

The tableau accurately recreated each stanza of cock rhyme. In the tableau, like in poor illustrated versions, robin bull can be seen pulling the bells for the service.

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Below we show some of our favourites from the many many editions produced over the centuries. Also definitely worth checking out the robin illustrations blasi porn the version by H. Stephens, featured over at the 50 Watts blog.

Various versions housed at: Internet Archive.