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Jenny l'Ouvrieere

A generic name for a hard-working, poor, but contented needlewoman. The name was devised by Emile Barateau, and rendered popular by his song so called.

Entendez-vous un oiseau familier?
C'est le chanteur de Jenny l'Ouvriere.
Au coeur content, content de peu
Elle pourrait être riche, et prefere
Ce qui vient de Dieu. (1847.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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