Invitation to Lubberland
The rivers run with claret fine,
The brooks with rich canary,
The ponds with other sorts of wine,
To make your hearts full merry:
Nay, more than this, you may behold,
The fountains flow with brandy,
The rocks are like refined gold,
The hills are sugar candy.
There's nothing there but holy-days
With music out of measure;
Who can forbear to speak the praise
Of such a land of pleasure?
There may you lead a lazy life,
Free from all kind of labour:
And he that is without a wife,
May borrow of his neighbour.
A broadside ballad, "An Invitation to Lubberland", 1685-8, may
have served as a model for "The Big Rock Candy Mountain". Sexual
activity in it is entirely heterosexual, but normal?
In the middle English description of a Utopia, "The Land of
Cokagyne", of the monks in the abbey the tale says, "He schal hab
withoute danger xij. wives euch yere", evidently from among those
in the nunnery. AB