Origin of Word "Underdog"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 1 16:55:01 UTC 2002

The word "underdog" is said to have originated in a 19th-century song or
poem by David Barker ("The Under-Dog in the Fight").  Can anyone supply
any information about when this Barker text was first published, and
whether it was a song or a poem?

Fred Shapiro

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