“The Bunnit of Straw”


"A buxom young damsel a stage-horse was approaching, Cried 'Help' from afar for her bunnit of straw, For the horse he reached forward, without any addressing, And he seized her straw bunnit in her hungery jaw!" The girl laments the ruined hat.


Linscott reports, "The first straw bonnet braided in the United States was made by Miss Betsey Metcalf in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1798. Straw bonnets were worn long before straw hats; and although the art of plaiting straw is very ancient, it was not known in England until introduced there by James I." This information she apparently derives from the _Encyclopedia Americana_. - RBW


  1. Linscott, pp. 177-179, "The Bunnit of Straw" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #3728
  3. BI, Lins177


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Linscott)
Keywords: clothes horse humorous
Found in: US(NE)