17.437 black sheep

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 437.
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             Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2003 07:57:54 +0000
             From: "Rabkin, Eric" <esrabkin@umich.edu>
             Subject: RE: 17.433 baa baa black sheep?

    I don't have _The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes_ handy, but I
    found an online source
    (http://www.cuc.ac.jp/~m2ishige/englit/Nursery.doc) that cited it,
    concerning "Baa baa black sheep," thus: "In the wool trade the division
    of the bags is said to refer to the export tax on wool imposed in 1275.


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