E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Another course would have done it. A little more would have effected our purpose. It is said that the peasants of a Yorkshire village tried to wall in a cuckoo in order to enjoy an eternal spring. They built a wall round the bird, and the cuckoo just skimmed over it. Ah! said one of the peasants, another carse would a done it.
There is a school of moralists who, connecting sundry short-comings . with changes in manners, endeavour to persuade us that only another carse is wanted to wall in the cuckoo.Nineteenth Century, December, 1892, p. 920.