The Pied Piper. (See Pied.) Who's to pay the piper? (See Pay.) Tom Piper. So the piper is called in the morris dance.
There is apparently another Tom Piper, referred to by Drayton and others, of whom nothing is now known. He seems to have been a sort of Mother Goose, or raconteur of short tales
Tom Piper is gone out, and mirth bewall's, He never will come in to tell us tales.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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