Elden-hole wants filling.

A saying commonly used to great boasters, who vaunt they can do wonderful feats; pointing out to them one worthy of their undertaking; that is, the filling up Elden-hole, a fissure in the earth, vulgarly deemed bottomless. Cotton, in his description of the Peak, relates some fruitless attempts to measure its depth.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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Skiddaw, Lauvellin and Casticand

He is driving his hogs over Swarston-bridge
He comes from the Devil’s A—se at Peak
Elden-hole wants filling

To Denshire; i.e. to Devonshire land


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