# How Many Miles to Dublin?

year 1800s origin Ireland

# Lyrics

Hupp, hupp my little horse, hupp, hupp again sir.
How many miles to Dublin? Three score and ten sir,
Will we be there by candle light? Yes sir and back sir.

# History and Meaning

This is a popular British and Irish song from the 19th Century. It is generally sung while bouncing a child on one knee.

It was particularly popular in Ireland where it often mentions Dublin, but many other places were used in place of the Irish Capital city. In England it was often recited as 'How many miles to London?' or 'How many miles to London Town?'

"Three score and ten" is a phrase that means seventy. A score is equivalent to 20. So three score would be equal to 3*20 = 60 and then with ten it comes to 70. This phrase was also used to refer to the typical lifespan of a human being, dating back to Psalm 90:10 of the King James Bible ('The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.').

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