“Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog”


"In Ixlington there was a man Of whom the world might say That still he was a godly man...." The man befriends a stray dog. The dog goes mad and bites the man. All expect the man to die, but he recovers


On its face, this looks about as likely to be traditional as a the flip side of an Elvis Presley single. But Huntington found a printing in addition to his manuscript copy, so here it is. - RBW


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 295-296, "Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2088
  3. BI, SWMS295


Author: Oliver Goldsmith?
Earliest date: 1819 (Journal from the Diana)
Keywords: dog death disease