Friday, August 16, 2019
If Wishes Were Horses Essay
The first recognisable ancestor of the rhyme was recorded in William CamdenÃ¢â¬â¢s (1551Ã¢â¬â1623) Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine, printed in 1605, which contained the lines: Ã¢â¬Å"If wishes were thrushes beggers would eat birdsÃ¢â¬ .  The reference to horses was first in James Carmichael[disambiguation needed]Ã¢â¬â¢s Proverbs in Scots printed in 1628, which included the lines: Ã¢â¬Å"And if wishes were horses, pure [poor] men wald rideÃ¢â¬ . 2] The first mention of beggars is in John RayÃ¢â¬â¢s Collection of English Proverbs in 1670, in the form Ã¢â¬Å"If wishes would bide, beggers would rideÃ¢â¬ .  The first versions with close to the modern wording was in James KellyÃ¢â¬â¢s Scottish Proverbs, Collected and Arranged in 1721, with the wording Ã¢â¬Å"If wishes were horses, beggars would rideÃ¢â¬ .  The modern rhyme above was probably the combination of two of many versions and was collected by James Orchard Halliwell in the 1840s. 1] The last line was sometimes used to stop children from questioning and get to work: Ã¢â¬Å"If ifÃ¢â¬â¢s and andÃ¢â¬â¢s were pots and pans, thereÃ¢â¬â¢d surely be dishes to do. Ã¢â¬ In popular culture The phrase is misquoted in the 2002 television series Firefly in the series finale episode Ã¢â¬Å"Objects in SpaceÃ¢â¬ in which Adam BaldwinÃ¢â¬â¢s character Jayne Cobb gets upset and says Ã¢â¬Å"Yeah and if wishes were horses, weÃ¢â¬â¢d all be eating steak. Star Trek Deep Space Nine Season 1, Episode 16 was called, If Wishes Were Horses. In the episode entitled Things Fall Apart Season Six, Episode 21 of the television series The West Wing, Josh Lyman makes a reference to the poem while in conversation with a female campaign staffer who tells him that if media circumstances were different, their candidate, Matthew Santos, would have already locked up the Democratic partyÃ¢â¬â¢s nomination for president. Josh responds by saying, Ã¢â¬Å"If wishesÃ¢â¬ ¦ orsesÃ¢â¬ ¦ etc. Ã¢â¬Å" She erroneously attributes the quote to Bob Dylan by asking Josh Ã¢â¬Å"What is that from some Dylan song? Guys your age have this thing about Dylan. Ã¢â¬Å" In September 2010, Alexandrea Mellen famously quipped, Ã¢â¬Å"If wishes were horses, then the horse market would collapseÃ¢â¬ . The phrase is used by the character Spike in the television series Angel. In addition, in the series finale, when another character wishes Ã¢â¬Å"to do more violenceÃ¢â¬ , Spike replies that Ã¢â¬Å"wishes are horses todayÃ¢â¬ .