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 Jenny l’Ouvrière.Jeofail, i.e. J’ai failli (Lapsus sum; I have failed), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jenny Wren,
 
the sweetheart of Robin Redbreast.   1
        “Robin promised Jenny, if she would be his wife, she should ‘feed on cherry-pie and drink currant-wine’; and he says:—
       
‘I’ll dress you like a goldfinch,
Or any peacock gay;
So, dearest Jen, if you’ll be mine,
Let us appoint the day.’
   Jenny replies:   2
       
‘Cherry-pie is very nice,
And so is currant wine;
But I must wear my plain brown gown,
And never go too fine.’”
 


 Jenny l’Ouvrière.Jeofail, i.e. J’ai failli (Lapsus sum; I have failed), 

 
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