THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE
Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
A LIST OF THE RHYMES
Little Bo-Peep Little Boy Blue Rain The Clock Winter Fingers and Toes A Seasonable Song Dame Trot and Her Cat Three Children on the Ice Cross Patch The Old Woman Under a Hill Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee Oh Dear! Old Mother Goose Little Jumping Joan Pat-a-Cake Money and the Mare Robin Redbreast A Melancholy Song Jack Going to St. Ives Thirty Days Hath September Baby Dolly Bees Come Out to Play If Wishes Were Horses To Market Old Chairs to Mend Robin and Richard A Man and a Maid Here Goes My Lord The Clever Hen Two Birds Leg Over Leg Lucy Locket When Jenny Wren Was Young Barber The Flying Pig Solomon Grundy Hush-a-Bye Burnie Bee Three Wise Men of Gotham The Hunter of Reigate Little Polly Flinders Ride Away, Ride Away Pippen Hill Pussy-Cat and Queen The Winds Clap Handies Christmas Elizabeth Just Like Me Play Days Heigh-Ho, the Carrion Crow ABC A Needle and Thread Banbury Cross The Man in Our Town Georgy Porgy For Every Evil Cushy Cow Wee Willie Winkie About the Bush See-Saw Robin-a-Bobbin John Smith Simple Simon Three Blind Mice Five Toes A Little Man Doctor Foster Diddle Diddle Dumpling Jerry Hall Lengthening Days The Black Hen The Mist A Candle Miss Muffet Curly-Locks Humpty Dumpty One, Two, Three The Dove and the Wren Master I Have Pins Shall We Go A-Shearing? Goosey, Goosey, Gander Old Mother Hubbard The Cock and the Hen Blue Bell Boy Why May Not I Love Johnny? Jack Jelf Jack Sprat Hush-a-Bye Daffodils The Girl in the Lane Hush-a-Bye Nancy Dawson Handy Pandy Jack and Jill The Alphabet Dance to Your Daddie One Misty Moisty Morning Robin Hood and Little John Rain The Old Woman from France Teeth and Gums The Robins The Old Man T'Other Little Tune My Kitten If All the Seas Were One Sea Pancake Day A Plum Pudding Forehead, Eyes, Cheeks, Nose, etc. Two Pigeons A Sure Test Lock and Key The Lion and the Unicorn The Merchants of London I Had a Little Husband To Babylon I'll Tell You a Story A Strange Old Woman Sleep, Baby, Sleep Cry, Baby Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Little Fred The Cat and the Fiddle Doctor Fell A Counting-Out Rhyme Jack and His Fiddle Buttons Hot Boiled Beans Little Pussy Sing a Song of Sixpence Tommy Tittlemouse The Derby Ram The Hobby-Horse The Mulberry Bush Young Lambs to Sell Boy and the Sparrow Old Woman, Old Woman The First of May Sulky Sue The House That Jack Built Saturday, Sunday Little Jenny Wren The Old Woman and the Pedlar Bobby Snooks The Little Moppet I Saw a Ship A-Sailing A Walnut The Man in the Moon One, He Loves Bat, Bat Hark! Hark! The Hart My Love The Man of Bombay Poor Old Robinson Crusoe! A Sieve My Maid Mary A Difficult Rhyme Pretty John Watts Good Advice I Love Sixpence Bye, Baby Bunting Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Comical Folk Cock-Crow Tommy Snooks The Three Sons The Blacksmith Two Gray Kits One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Cock-a-Doodle-Do! Pairs or Pears Belleisle Old King Cole See, See Dapple-Gray A Well Coffee and Tea Pussy-Cat Mew The Little Girl with a Curl Dreams A Cock and Bull Story For Baby Myself Over the Water Candle-Saving Fears and Tears The Kilkenny Cats Old Grimes A Week of Birthdays A Chimney Ladybird The Man Who Had Naught The Tailors and the Snail Around the Green Gravel Intery, Mintery Caesar's Song As I Was Going Along Hector Protector Billy, Billy Rock-a-Bye, Baby The Man in the Wilderness Little Jack Horner The Bird Scarer Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Bessy Bell and Mary Gray Needles and Pins Pussy-Cat and the Dumplings Dance, Thumbkin, Dance Mary's Canary The Little Bird Birds of a Feather The Dusty Miller A Star The Greedy Man The Ten O'Clock Scholar Cock-a-Doodle-Do An Icicle A Ship's Nail The Old Woman of Leeds The Boy in the Barn Sunshine Willy, Willy Tongs Jack Jingle The Quarrel The Pumpkin-Eater Shoeing Betty Blue That's All Bedtime Dance, Little Baby My Little Maid For Want of a Nail Pease Porridge Ring a Ring o' Roses The Crooked Sixpence This Is the Way Ducks and Drakes The Donkey If The Bells Little Girl and Queen The King of France Peter Piper One to Ten An Equal The Tarts Come, Let's to Bed Little Maid What Are Little Boys Made Of? Bandy Legs The Girl and the Birds A Pig Jenny Wren Little Tom Tucker Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid? The Old Woman of Gloucester Multiplication Is Vexation Little King Boggen Whistle Bell Horses Taffy The Robin The Old Woman of Harrow Young Roger and Dolly The Piper and His Cow The Man of Derby The Coachman There was an Old Woman A Thorn The Old Woman of Surrey The Little Mouse Boy and Girl When Sing, Sing London Bridge March Winds The Balloon A Cherry The Lost Shoe Hot Codlins Swan Three Straws The Man of Tobago Ding, Dong, Bell A Sunshiny Shower The Farmer and the Raven Christmas Willy Boy Polly and Sukey The Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin The Mouse and the Clock Hot-Cross Buns Bobby Shaftoe The Bunch of Blue Ribbons The Woman of Exeter Sneezing Pussy-Cat by the Fire When the Snow Is on the Ground
AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF FIRST LINES
A, B, C, and D About the bush, Willie A carrion crow sat on an oak A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar! A duck and a drake A farmer went trotting, upon his gray mare A hill full, a hole full A little boy went into a barn A little cock-sparrow sat on a green tree A little old man of Derby A man went a-hunting at Reigate A riddle, a riddle, as I suppose A robin and a robin's son Around the green gravel the grass grows green As I walked by myself As I was going along, along As I was going to Derby all on a market-day As I was going to St. Ives As I was going to sell my eggs As I was going up Pippen Hill As I went through the garden gap As I went to Bonner As little Jenny Wren As round as an apple, as deep as a cup As soft as silk, as white as milk As the days grow longer As Tommy Snooks and Bessy Brooks A sunshiny shower A swarm of bees in May At the siege of Belleisle Away, birds, away!
Baa, baa, black sheep Barber, barber, shave a pig Bat, bat Bell horses, bell horses, what time of day? Bessy Bell and Mary Gray "Billy, Billy, come and play" Birds of a feather flock together Black within and red without Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea Bow-wow-wow! Burnie bee, burnie bee Buttons, a farthing a pair! Bye, baby bunting
Christmas comes but once a year Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat Clap, clap handies Cock-a-doodle-do! "Cock, cock, cock, cock" Cocks crow in the morn Cold and raw the north wind doth blow Come when you're called Cross patch, draw the latch Cry, baby, cry Curly-locks, Curly-locks, wilt thou be mine? Cushy cow, bonny, let down thy milk
Daffy-down-dilly has come to town Dame Trot and her cat Dance, little Baby, dance up high! Dance, Thumbkin, dance Dance to your daddie Dear, dear! what can the matter be? Dickory, dickory, dare Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John Ding, dong, bell Doctor Foster went to Glo'ster Donkey, donkey, old and gray Doodle doodle doo
Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess Every lady in this land
Flour of England, fruit of Spain For every evil under the sun For want of a nail, the shoe was lost Four and Twenty tailors Friday nights dream, on Saturday told
Georgy Porgy, pudding and pie Girls and boys, come out to play Goosey, goosey, gander Great A, little a Great A, little a
Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy Hark, hark! the dogs do bark! Hector Protector was dressed all in green Here am I, little jumping Joan Here goes my lord Here sits the Lord Mayor Here's Sulky Sue Here we go round the mulberry bush Hey, diddle, diddle! Hey diddle dinkety poppety pet Hey, my kitten, my kitten Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more Hickery, dickery, 6 and 7 Hickety, pickety, my black hen Hickory, dickory, dock! High diddle doubt, my candle's out Higher than a house, higher than a tree Hot-cross Buns! How many days has my baby to play? How many miles is it to Babylon? Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Hush-a-bye, baby Hush-a-bye, baby, lie still with thy daddy Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree top! Hush, baby, my dolly, I pray you don't cry
"I am a gold lock" I do not like thee, Doctor Fell If all the seas were one sea If all the world were apple pie If I'd as much money as I could spend If I'd as much money as I could tell If wishes were horses, beggars would ride If you are to be a gentleman If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger I had a little boy I had a little hen, the prettiest ever seen I had a little hobby-horse I had a little husband no bigger than my thumb I had a little moppet I had a little pony I had two pigeons bright and gay I have seen you, little mouse I like little Pussy I'll tell you a story I love sixpence, a jolly, jolly sixpence In a cottage in Fife Intery, mintery, cutery corn I saw a ship a-sailing Is John Smith within? I went to the wood and got it "I went up one pair of stairs" I won't be my father's Jack
Jack and Jill went up the hill Jack be nimble, Jack be quick Jack Sprat "Jacky, come and give me thy fiddle" Jerry Hall, he was so small Johnny shall have a new bonnet
Ladies and gentlemen come to supper Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home! Leg over leg "Lend me thy mare to ride a mile" Little Betty Blue Little Bobby Snooks was fond of his books Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep Little Boy Blue, come, blow your horn! "Little girl, little girl, where have you been?" Little Jack Horner Little Jack Jelf Little Jack Jingle Little Jenny Wren fell sick Little King Boggen, he built a fine hall "Little maid, pretty maid, whither goest thou?" Little Miss Muffet Little Nanny Etticoat Little Polly Flinders Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree Little Tommy Tittlemouse Little Tom Tucker Lives in winter London Bridge is broken down Long legs, crooked thighs Lucy Locket lost her pocket
March winds and April showers Margaret wrote a letter Mary had a pretty bird Mary, Mary, quite contrary Master I have, and I am his man Mister East gave a feast Molly, my sister and I fell out Monday's child is fair of face Multiplication is vexation My little old man and I fell out My maid Mary she minds the dairy
Nancy Dawson was so fine Needles and pins, needles and pins
Oh, dear, what can the matter be? Oh, my pretty cock, oh, my handsome cock Old Grimes is dead, that good old man Old King Cole Old Mother Goose, when Old Mother Hubbard Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye "Old woman, old woman, shall we go a-shearing?" Once I saw a little bird One, he loves; two, he loves One misty moisty morning One, two, buckle my shoe One, two, three, four, five 1,2,3,4,5! On Saturday night Over the water Over the water, and over the sea
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake Pease porridge hot Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers Piping hot, smoking hot Polly, put the kettle on Poor old Robinson Crusoe! Pretty John Watts Pussy-cat ate the dumplings, the dumplings Pussy-cat Mew jumped over a coal "Pussy-cat, pussy-cat" Pussy-cat sits by the fire
Rain, rain, go away Rain, rain, go to Spain Read my riddle, I pray Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross Ride away, ride away Ring a ring o' roses "Robert Barnes, my fellow fine" Robin-a-Bobbin Robin and Richard were two pretty men Robin Hood, Robin Hood Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green
Saw ye aught of my love a-coming from the market? See a pin and pick it up See-saw, Margery Daw See, see! What shall I see? Shoe the colt Simple Simon met a pieman Sing a song of sixpence Sing, sing, what shall I sing? Sleep, baby, sleep Solomon Grundy Swan, swan, over the sea
Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief The cock's on the housetop blowing his horn The dove says coo, coo, what shall I do? The fair maid who, the first of May The girl in the lane, that couldn't speak plain The greedy man is he who sits The hart he love's the high wood The King of France went up the hill The little robin grieves The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown The Man in the Moon came tumbling down The Man in the Moon looked out of the moon The man in the wilderness The north wind doth blow The Queen of Hearts There came an old woman from France There dwelt an old woman at Exeter There's a neat little clock There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile There was a fat man of Bombay There was a little boy and a little girl There was a little girl who had a little curl There was a little man There was a little man, and he had a little gun There was a little woman, as I've been told There was a man and he had naught There was a man in our town There was an old man There was an old man of Tobago There was an old woman There was an old woman, and what do you think? There was an old woman, as I've heard tell There was an old woman had three sons There was an old woman in Surrey There was an old woman of Gloucester There was an old woman of Harrow There was an old woman of Leeds There was an old woman sat spinning There was an old woman tossed in a basket There was an old woman who lived in a shoe There was a piper had a cow There were once two cats of Kilkenny There were two birds sat on a stone The two gray kits Thirty days hath September Thirty white horses upon a red hill This is the house that Jack built This is the way the ladies ride This little pig went to market Three blind mice! See how they run! Three children sliding on the ice Three straws on a staff Three wise men of Gotham "To bed! To bed" To make your candles last for aye To market, to market, to buy a fat pig Tommy's tears and Mary's fears Tom, Tom, the piper's son Trip upon trenchers 'Twas once upon a time, when Jenny Wren was young Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee Twelve pairs hanging high
Up at Piccadilly, oh!
Wee Willie Winkle runs through the town What are little boys made of, made of? "What is the news of the day" What is the rhyme for porringer? When I was a bachelor When I was a little girl, about seven years old When little Fred went to bed "Where are you going, my pretty maid?" "Whistle, daughter, whistle" Who killed Cock Robin? "Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going?" Willy, Willy Wilkin
Young Roger came tapping at Dolly's window "You owe me five shillings" You shall have an apple
THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And can't tell where to find them; Leave them alone, and they'll come home, And bring their tails behind them.
Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep, And dreamt she heard them bleating; But when she awoke, she found it a joke, For still they all were fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook, Determined for to find them; She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed, For they'd left all their tails behind 'em!
It happened one day, as Bo-peep did stray Unto a meadow hard by— There she espied their tails, side by side, All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye, And over the hillocks she raced; And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should, That each tail should be properly placed.
LITTLE BOY BLUE
Little Boy Blue, come, blow your horn! The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn. Where's the little boy that looks after the sheep? Under the haystack, fast asleep!
Rain, rain, go away, Come again another day; Little Johnny wants to play.
There's a neat little clock,— In the schoolroom it stands,— And it points to the time With its two little hands.
And may we, like the clock, Keep a face clean and bright, With hands ever ready To do what is right.
Cold and raw the north wind doth blow, Bleak in the morning early; All the hills are covered with snow, And winter's now come fairly.
FINGERS AND TOES
Every lady in this land Has twenty nails, upon each hand Five, and twenty on hands and feet: All this is true, without deceit.
A SEASONABLE SONG
Piping hot, smoking hot. What I've got You have not. Hot gray pease, hot, hot, hot; Hot gray pease, hot.
DAME TROT AND HER CAT
Dame Trot and her cat Led a peaceable life, When they were not troubled With other folks' strife.
When Dame had her dinner Pussy would wait, And was sure to receive A nice piece from her plate.
THREE CHILDREN ON THE ICE
Three children sliding on the ice Upon a summer's day, As it fell out, they all fell in, The rest they ran away.
Oh, had these children been at school, Or sliding on dry ground, Ten thousand pounds to one penny They had not then been drowned.
Ye parents who have children dear, And ye, too, who have none, If you would keep them safe abroad Pray keep them safe at home.
Cross patch, draw the latch, Sit by the fire and spin; Take a cup and drink it up, Then call your neighbors in.
THE OLD WOMAN UNDER A HILL
There was an old woman Lived under a hill; And if she's not gone, She lives there still.
TWEEDLE-DUM AND TWEEDLE-DEE
Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee Resolved to have a battle, For Tweedle-dum said Tweedle-dee Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew by a monstrous crow, As big as a tar barrel, Which frightened both the heroes so, They quite forgot their quarrel.
Dear, dear! what can the matter be? Two old women got up in an apple-tree; One came down, and the other stayed till Saturday.
OLD MOTHER GOOSE
Old Mother Goose, when She wanted to wander, Would ride through the air On a very fine gander.
LITTLE JUMPING JOAN
Here am I, little jumping Joan, When nobody's with me I'm always alone.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man! So I do, master, As fast as I can.
Pat it, and prick it, And mark it with T, Put it in the oven For Tommy and me.
MONEY AND THE MARE
"Lend me thy mare to ride a mile." "She is lamed, leaping over a stile."
"Alack! and I must keep the fair! I'll give thee money for thy mare."
"Oh, oh! say you so? Money will make the mare to go!"
Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree, Up went Pussy-Cat, down went he, Down came Pussy-Cat, away Robin ran, Says little Robin Redbreast: "Catch me if you can!"
Little Robin Redbreast jumped upon a spade, Pussy-Cat jumped after him, and then he was afraid. Little Robin chirped and sang, and what did Pussy say? Pussy-Cat said: "Mew, mew, mew," and Robin flew away.
A MELANCHOLY SONG
Trip upon trenchers, And dance upon dishes, My mother sent me for some barm, some barm; She bid me go lightly, And come again quickly, For fear the young men should do me some harm. Yet didn't you see, yet didn't you see, What naughty tricks they put upon me? They broke my pitcher And spilt the water, And huffed my mother, And chid her daughter, And kissed my sister instead of me.
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick.
GOING TO ST. IVES
As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ives?
THIRTY DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER
Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; February has twenty-eight alone, All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting leap-year, that's the time When February's days are twenty-nine.
Hush, baby, my dolly, I pray you don't cry, And I'll give you some bread, and some milk by-and-by; Or perhaps you like custard, or, maybe, a tart, Then to either you're welcome, with all my heart.
A swarm of bees in May Is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June Is worth a silver spoon; A swarm of bees in July Is not worth a fly.
COME OUT TO PLAY
Girls and boys, come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day; Leave your supper, and leave your sleep, And come with your playfellows into the street. Come with a whoop, come with a call, Come with a good will or not at all. Up the ladder and down the wall, A half-penny roll will serve us all. You find milk, and I'll find flour, And we'll have a pudding in half an hour.
IF WISHES WERE HORSES
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. If turnips were watches, I would wear one by my side. And if "ifs" and "ands" Were pots and pans, There'd be no work for tinkers!
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety jig. To market, to market, to buy a fat hog, Home again, home again, jiggety jog. To market, to market, to buy a plum bun, Home again, home again, market is done.
OLD CHAIRS TO MEND
If I'd as much money as I could spend, I never would cry old chairs to mend; Old chairs to mend, old chairs to mend; I never would cry old chairs to mend.
If I'd as much money as I could tell, I never would cry old clothes to sell; Old clothes to sell, old clothes to sell; I never would cry old clothes to sell.
ROBIN AND RICHARD
Robin and Richard were two pretty men, They lay in bed till the clock struck ten; Then up starts Robin and looks at the sky, "Oh, brother Richard, the sun's very high! You go before, with the bottle and bag, And I will come after on little Jack Nag."
A MAN AND A MAID
There was a little man, Who wooed a little maid, And he said, "Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed? I have little more to say, So will you, yea or nay, For least said is soonest mended-ded, ded, ded."
The little maid replied, "Should I be your little bride, Pray what must we have for to eat, eat, eat? Will the flame that you're so rich in Light a fire in the kitchen? Or the little god of love turn the spit, spit, spit?"
HERE GOES MY LORD
Here goes my lord A trot, a trot, a trot, a trot, Here goes my lady A canter, a canter, a canter, a canter!
Here goes my young master Jockey-hitch, jockey-hitch, jockey-hitch, jockey-hitch! Here goes my young miss An amble, an amble, an amble, an amble!
The footman lags behind to tipple ale and wine, And goes gallop, a gallop, a gallop, to make up his time.
THE CLEVER HEN
I had a little hen, the prettiest ever seen, She washed me the dishes and kept the house clean; She went to the mill to fetch me some flour, She brought it home in less than an hour; She baked me my bread, she brewed me my ale, She sat by the fire and told many a fine tale.
There were two birds sat on a stone, Fa, la, la, la, lal, de; One flew away, and then there was one, Fa, la, la, la, lal, de; The other bird flew after, And then there was none, Fa, la, la, la, lal, de; And so the stone Was left alone, Fa, la, la, la, lal, de.
LEG OVER LEG
Leg over leg, As the dog went to Dover; When he came to a stile, Jump, he went over.
Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it; Nothing in it, nothing in it, But the binding round it.
WHEN JENNY WREN WAS YOUNG
'Twas once upon a time, when Jenny Wren was young, So daintily she danced and so prettily she sung, Robin Redbreast lost his heart, for he was a gallant bird. So he doffed his hat to Jenny Wren, requesting to be heard.
"Oh, dearest Jenny Wren, if you will but be mine, You shall feed on cherry pie and drink new currant wine, I'll dress you like a goldfinch or any peacock gay, So, dearest Jen, if you'll be mine, let us appoint the day."
Jenny blushed behind her fan and thus declared her mind: "Since, dearest Bob, I love you well, I'll take your offer kind. Cherry pie is very nice and so is currant wine, But I must wear my plain brown gown and never go too fine."
Barber, barber, shave a pig. How many hairs will make a wig? Four and twenty; that's enough. Give the barber a pinch of snuff.
THE FLYING PIG
Dickory, dickory, dare, The pig flew up in the air; The man in brown soon brought him down, Dickory, dickory, dare.
Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday. This is the end Of Solomon Grundy.
Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree top! When the wind blows the cradle will rock; When the bough breaks the cradle will fall; Down will come baby, bough, cradle and all.
Burnie bee, burnie bee, Tell me when your wedding be? If it be to-morrow day, Take your wings and fly away.
THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM
Three wise men of Gotham Went to sea in a bowl; If the bowl had been stronger My song had been longer.
THE HUNTER OF REIGATE
A man went a-hunting at Reigate, And wished to leap over a high gate. Says the owner, "Go round, With your gun and your hound, For you never shall leap over my gate."
LITTLE POLLY FLINDERS
Little Polly Flinders Sat among the cinders Warming her pretty little toes; Her mother came and caught her, Whipped her little daughter For spoiling her nice new clothes.
RIDE AWAY, RIDE AWAY
Ride away, ride away, Johnny shall ride, And he shall have pussy-cat Tied to one side; And he shall have little dog Tied to the other, And Johnny shall ride To see his grandmother.
As I was going up Pippen Hill, Pippen Hill was dirty; There I met a pretty Miss, And she dropped me a curtsy.
Little Miss, pretty Miss, Blessings light upon you; If I had half-a-crown a day, I'd spend it all upon you.
PUSSY-CAT AND QUEEN
"Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, Where have you been?" "I've been to London To look at the Queen."
"Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, What did you there?" "I frightened a little mouse Under the chair."
Mister East gave a feast; Mister North laid the cloth; Mister West did his best; Mister South burnt his mouth Eating cold potato.
Clap, clap handies, Mammie's wee, wee ain; Clap, clap handies, Daddie's comin' hame, Hame till his bonny wee bit laddie; Clap, clap handies, My wee, wee ain.
Christmas comes but once a year, And when it comes it brings good cheer.
Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess, They all went together to seek a bird's nest; They found a bird's nest with five eggs in, They all took one, and left four in.
JUST LIKE ME
"I went up one pair of stairs." "Just like me."
"I went up two pairs of stairs." "Just like me."
"I went into a room." "Just like me."
"I looked out of a window." "Just like me."
"And there I saw a monkey." "Just like me."
How many days has my baby to play? Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
HEIGH-HO, THE CARRION CROW
A carrion crow sat on an oak, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do, Watching a tailor shape his cloak; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do!
Wife, bring me my old bent bow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do, That I may shoot yon carrion crow; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do!
The tailor he shot, and missed his mark, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! And shot his own sow quite through the heart; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do!
Wife! bring brandy in a spoon, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! For our old sow is in a swoon; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do!
Great A, little a, Bouncing B! The cat's in the cupboard, And can't see me.
A NEEDLE AND THREAD
Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye, And a long tail which she let fly; And every time she went through a gap, A bit of her tail she left in a trap.
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see an old lady upon a white horse. Rings on her fingers, and bells on her toes, She shall have music wherever she goes.
THE MAN IN OUR TOWN
There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise, He jumped into a bramble bush, And scratched out both his eyes; But when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main, He jumped into another bush, And scratched 'em in again.
Georgy Porgy, pudding and pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry. When the boys came out to play, Georgy Porgy ran away.
FOR EVERY EVIL
For every evil under the sun There is a remedy or there is none. If there be one, seek till you find it; If there be none, never mind it.
Cushy cow, bonny, let down thy milk, And I will give thee a gown of silk; A gown of silk and a silver tee, If thou wilt let down thy milk to me.
WEE WILLIE WINKIE
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, Upstairs and downstairs, in his nightgown; Rapping at the window, crying through the lock, "Are the children in their beds? Now it's eight o'clock."
ABOUT THE BUSH
About the bush, Willie, About the beehive, About the bush, Willie, I'll meet thee alive.
See-saw, Margery Daw, Sold her bed and lay upon straw.
Robin-a-Bobbin Bent his bow, Shot at a pigeon, And killed a crow.
Is John Smith within? Yes, that he is. Can he set a shoe? Ay, marry, two. Here a nail, there a nail, Tick, tack, too.
Simple Simon met a pieman, Going to the fair; Says Simple Simon to the pieman, "Let me taste your ware."
Says the pieman to Simple Simon, "Show me first your penny," Says Simple Simon to the pieman, "Indeed, I have not any."
Simple Simon went a-fishing For to catch a whale; All the water he could find Was in his mother's pail!
Simple Simon went to look If plums grew on a thistle; He pricked his fingers very much, Which made poor Simon whistle.
He went to catch a dicky bird, And thought he could not fail, Because he had a little salt, To put upon its tail.
He went for water with a sieve, But soon it ran all through; And now poor Simple Simon Bids you all adieu.
THREE BLIND MICE
Three blind mice! See how they run! They all ran after the farmer's wife, Who cut off their tails with a carving knife. Did you ever see such a thing in your life As three blind mice?
This little pig went to market; This little pig stayed at home; This little pig had roast beef; This little pig had none; This little pig said, "Wee, wee! I can't find my way home."
A LITTLE MAN
There was a little man, and he had a little gun, And his bullets were made of lead, lead, lead; He went to the brook, and saw a little duck, And shot it right through the head, head, head.
He carried it home to his old wife Joan, And bade her a fire to make, make, make. To roast the little duck he had shot in the brook, And he'd go and fetch the drake, drake, drake.
The drake was a-swimming with his curly tail; The little man made it his mark, mark, mark. He let off his gun, but he fired too soon, And the drake flew away with a quack, quack, quack.
Doctor Foster went to Glo'ster, In a shower of rain; He stepped in a puddle, up to his middle, And never went there again.
DIDDLE DIDDLE DUMPLING
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John Went to bed with his breeches on, One stocking off, and one stocking on; Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.
Jerry Hall, he was so small, A rat could eat him, hat and all.
As the days grow longer The storms grow stronger.
THE BLACK HEN
Hickety, pickety, my black hen, She lays eggs for gentlemen; Gentlemen come every day To see what my black hen doth lay.
A hill full, a hole full, Yet you cannot catch a bowl full.
Little Nanny Etticoat In a white petticoat, And a red nose; The longer she stands The shorter she grows.
Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet, Eating of curds and whey; There came a big spider, And sat down beside her, And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Curly-locks, Curly-locks, wilt thou be mine? Thou shalt not wash the dishes, nor yet feed the swine; But sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam And feed upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the King's horses, and all the King's men Cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again.
ONE, TWO, THREE
One, two, three, four, five, Once I caught a fish alive. Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, But I let it go again. Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Which finger did it bite? The little one upon the right.
THE DOVE AND THE WREN
The dove says coo, coo, what shall I do? I can scarce maintain two. Pooh, pooh! says the wren, I've got ten, And keep them all like gentlemen.
MASTER I HAVE
Master I have, and I am his man, Gallop a dreary dun; Master I have, and I am his man, And I'll get a wife as fast as I can; With a heighty gaily gamberally, Higgledy piggledy, niggledy, niggledy, Gallop a dreary dun.
See a pin and pick it up, All the day you'll have good luck. See a pin and let it lay, Bad luck you'll have all the day.
SHALL WE GO A-SHEARING?
"Old woman, old woman, shall we go a-shearing?" "Speak a little louder, sir, I am very thick of hearing." "Old woman, old woman, shall I kiss you dearly?" "Thank you, kind sir, I hear you very clearly."
GOOSEY, GOOSEY, GANDER
Goosey, goosey, gander, Whither dost thou wander? Upstairs and downstairs And in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man Who wouldn't say his prayers; I took him by the left leg, And threw him down the stairs.
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give her poor dog a bone; But when she got there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none.
She went to the baker's To buy him some bread; When she came back The dog was dead.
She went to the undertaker's To buy him a coffin; When she got back The dog was laughing.
She took a clean dish To get him some tripe; When she came back He was smoking a pipe.
She went to the alehouse To get him some beer; When she came back The dog sat in a chair.
She went to the tavern For white wine and red; When she came back The dog stood on his head.
She went to the hatter's To buy him a hat; When she came back He was feeding the cat.
She went to the barber's To buy him a wig; When she came back He was dancing a jig.
She went to the fruiterer's To buy him some fruit; When she came back He was playing the flute.
She went to the tailor's To buy him a coat; When she came back He was riding a goat.
She went to the cobbler's To buy him some shoes; When she came back He was reading the news.
She went to the sempster's To buy him some linen; When she came back The dog was a-spinning.
She went to the hosier's To buy him some hose; When she came back He was dressed in his clothes.
The dame made a curtsy, The dog made a bow; The dame said, "Your servant," The dog said, "Bow-wow."
THE COCK AND THE HEN
"Cock, cock, cock, cock, I've laid an egg, Am I to gang ba—are-foot?"
"Hen, hen, hen, hen, I've been up and down To every shop in town, And cannot find a shoe To fit your foot, If I'd crow my hea—art out."
BLUE BELL BOY
I had a little boy, And called him Blue Bell; Gave him a little work,— He did it very well.
I bade him go upstairs To bring me a gold pin; In coal scuttle fell he, Up to his little chin.
He went to the garden To pick a little sage; He tumbled on his nose, And fell into a rage.
He went to the cellar To draw a little beer; And quickly did return To say there was none there.
WHY MAY NOT I LOVE JOHNNY?
Johnny shall have a new bonnet, And Johnny shall go to the fair, And Johnny shall have a blue ribbon To tie up his bonny brown hair.
And why may not I love Johnny? And why may not Johnny love me? And why may not I love Johnny As well as another body?
And here's a leg for a stocking, And here's a foot for a shoe, And he has a kiss for his daddy, And two for his mammy, I trow.
And why may not I love Johnny? And why may not Johnny love me? And why may not I love Johnny As well as another body?
Little Jack Jelf Was put on the shelf Because he could not spell "pie"; When his aunt, Mrs. Grace, Saw his sorrowful face, She could not help saying, "Oh, fie!"
And since Master Jelf Was put on the shelf Because he could not spell "pie," Let him stand there so grim, And no more about him, For I wish him a very good-bye!
Jack Sprat Could eat no fat, His wife could eat no lean; And so, Betwixt them both, They licked the platter clean.
Hush-a-bye, baby, Daddy is near; Mamma is a lady, And that's very clear.
Daffy-down-dilly has come to town In a yellow petticoat and a green gown.
THE GIRL IN THE LANE
The girl in the lane, that couldn't speak plain, Cried, "Gobble, gobble, gobble": The man on the hill that couldn't stand still, Went hobble hobble, hobble.
Hush-a-bye, baby, lie still with thy daddy, Thy mammy has gone to the mill, To get some meal to bake a cake, So pray, my dear baby, lie still.
Nancy Dawson was so fine She wouldn't get up to serve the swine; She lies in bed till eight or nine, So it's Oh, poor Nancy Dawson.
And do ye ken Nancy Dawson, honey? The wife who sells the barley, honey? She won't get up to feed her swine, And do ye ken Nancy Dawson, honey?
Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy, Loves plum cake and sugar candy. He bought some at a grocer's shop, And out he came, hop, hop, hop!
JACK AND JILL
Jack and Jill went up the hill, To fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down, and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after.
Then up Jack got and off did trot, As fast as he could caper, To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob With vinegar and brown paper.
A, B, C, and D, Pray, playmates, agree. E, F, and G, Well, so it shall be. J, K, and L, In peace we will dwell. M, N, and O, To play let us go. P, Q, R, and S, Love may we possess. W, X, and Y, Will not quarrel or die. Z, and ampersand, Go to school at command.
DANCE TO YOUR DADDIE
Dance to your daddie, My bonnie laddie; Dance to your daddie, my bonnie lamb; You shall get a fishy, On a little dishy; You shall get a fishy, when the boat comes home.
ONE MISTY MOISTY MORNING
One misty moisty morning, When cloudy was the weather, I chanced to meet an old man, Clothed all in leather. He began to compliment And I began to grin. How do you do? And how do you do? And how do you do again?
ROBIN HOOD AND LITTLE JOHN
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Is in the mickle wood! Little John, Little John, He to the town is gone.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Telling his beads, All in the greenwood Among the green weeds.
Little John, Little John, If he comes no more, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, We shall fret full sore!
Rain, rain, go to Spain, And never come back again.
THE OLD WOMAN FROM FRANCE
There came an old woman from France Who taught grown-up children to dance; But they were so stiff, She sent them home in a sniff, This sprightly old woman from France.
TEETH AND GUMS
Thirty white horses upon a red hill, Now they tramp, now they champ, now they stand still.
A robin and a robin's son Once went to town to buy a bun. They couldn't decide on plum or plain, And so they went back home again.
THE OLD MAN
There was an old man In a velvet coat, He kissed a maid And gave her a groat. The groat it was crack'd And would not go,— Ah, old man, do you serve me so?
T'OTHER LITTLE TUNE
I won't be my father's Jack, I won't be my father's Jill; I will be the fiddler's wife, And have music when I will. T'other little tune, T'other little tune, Prithee, Love, play me T'other little tune.
Hey, my kitten, my kitten, And hey, my kitten, my deary! Such a sweet pet as this Was neither far nor neary.
IF ALL THE SEAS WERE ONE SEA
If all the seas were one sea, What a great sea that would be! And if all the trees were one tree, What a great tree that would be! And if all the axes were one axe, What a great axe that would be! And if all the men were one man, What a great man he would be! And if the great man took the great axe, And cut down the great tree, And let it fall into the great sea, What a splish splash that would be!
Great A, little a, This is pancake day; Toss the ball high, Throw the ball low, Those that come after May sing heigh-ho!
A PLUM PUDDING
Flour of England, fruit of Spain, Met together in a shower of rain; Put in a bag tied round with a string; If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a ring.
FOREHEAD, EYES, CHEEKS, NOSE, MOUTH, AND CHIN
Here sits the Lord Mayor, Here sit his two men, Here sits the cock, Here sits the hen, Here sit the little chickens, Here they run in. Chin-chopper, chin-chopper, chin chopper, chin!
I had two pigeons bright and gay, They flew from me the other day. What was the reason they did go? I cannot tell, for I do not know.
A SURE TEST
If you are to be a gentleman, As I suppose you'll be, You'll neither laugh nor smile, For a tickling of the knee.
LOCK AND KEY
"I am a gold lock." "I am a gold key." "I am a silver lock." "I am a silver key." "I am a brass lock." "I am a brass key." "I am a lead lock." "I am a lead key." "I am a don lock." "I am a don key!"
THE LION AND THE UNICORN
The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown, The Lion beat the Unicorn all around the town. Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown, Some gave them plum-cake, and sent them out of town.
THE MERCHANTS OF LONDON
Hey diddle dinkety poppety pet, The merchants of London they wear scarlet, Silk in the collar and gold in the hem, So merrily march the merchant men.
I HAD A LITTLE HUSBAND
I had a little husband no bigger than my thumb, I put him in a pint pot, and there I bid him drum, I bought a little handkerchief to wipe his little nose, And a pair of little garters to tie his little hose.
How many miles is it to Babylon?— Threescore miles and ten. Can I get there by candle-light?— Yes, and back again. If your heels are nimble and light, You may get there by candle-light.
I'LL TELL YOU A STORY
I'll tell you a story About Jack-a-Nory: And now my story's begun. I'll tell you another About his brother: And now my story is done.
A STRANGE OLD WOMAN
There was an old woman, and what do you think? She lived upon nothing but victuals and drink; Victuals and drink were the chief of her diet, And yet this old woman could never be quiet.
SLEEP, BABY, SLEEP
Sleep, baby, sleep, Our cottage vale is deep: The little lamb is on the green, With woolly fleece so soft and clean— Sleep, baby, sleep. Sleep, baby, sleep, Down where the woodbines creep; Be always like the lamb so mild, A kind, and sweet, and gentle child. Sleep, baby, sleep.
Cry, baby, cry, Put your finger in your eye, And tell your mother it wasn't I.
BAA, BAA, BLACK SHEEP
Baa, baa, black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes, marry, have I, Three bags full;
One for my master, One for my dame, But none for the little boy Who cries in the lane.
When little Fred went to bed, He always said his prayers;
He kissed mamma, and then papa, And straightway went upstairs.
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE
Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon; The little dog laughed To see such sport, And the dish ran away with the spoon.
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell; The reason why I cannot tell; But this I know, and know full well, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell!
A COUNTING-OUT RHYME
Hickery, dickery, 6 and 7, Alabone, Crackabone, 10 and 11, Spin, spun, muskidun, Twiddle 'em, twaddle 'em, 21.
JACK AND HIS FIDDLE
"Jacky, come and give me thy fiddle, If ever thou mean to thrive." "Nay, I'll not give my fiddle To any man alive.
"If I should give my fiddle, They'll think that I've gone mad; For many a joyous day My fiddle and I have had."
Buttons, a farthing a pair! Come, who will buy them of me? They're round and sound and pretty, And fit for girls of the city. Come, who will buy them of me? Buttons, a farthing a pair!
HOT BOILED BEANS
Ladies and gentlemen come to supper— Hot boiled beans and very good butter.
I like little Pussy, Her coat is so warm,
And if I don't hurt her She'll do me no harm;
So I'll not pull her tail, Nor drive her away,
But Pussy and I Very gently will play.
SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye; Four-and-twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie!
When the pie was opened The birds began to sing; Was not that a dainty dish To set before the king?
The king was in his counting-house, Counting out his money; The queen was in the parlor, Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes; When down came a blackbird And snapped off her nose.
Little Tommy Tittlemouse Lived in a little house; He caught fishes In other men's ditches.
THE DERBY RAM
As I was going to Derby all on a market-day, I met the finest ram, sir, that ever was fed upon hay; Upon hay, upon hay, upon hay; I met the finest ram, sir, that ever was fed upon hay. This ram was fat behind, sir; this ram was fat before; This ram was ten yards round, sir; indeed, he was no more; No more, no more, no more; This ram was ten yards round, sir; indeed, he was no more. The horns that grew on his head, sir, they were so wondrous high, As I've been plainly told, sir, they reached up to the sky. The sky, the sky, the sky; As I've been plainly told, sir, they reached up to the sky. The tail that grew from his back, sir, was six yards and an ell; And it was sent to Derby to toll the market bell; The bell, the bell, the bell; And it was sent to Derby to toll the market bell.
I had a little hobby-horse, And it was dapple gray; Its head was made of pea-straw, Its tail was made of hay.
I sold it to an old woman For a copper groat; And I'll not sing my song again Without another coat.
THE MULBERRY BUSH
Here we go round the mulberry bush, The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, Here we go round the mulberry bush. On a cold and frosty morning.
This is the way we wash our hands, Wash our hands, wash our hands, This is the way we wash our hands, On a cold and frosty morning.
This is the way we wash our clothes. Wash our clothes, wash our clothes, This is the way we wash our clothes, On a cold and frosty morning.
This is the way we go to school, Go to school, go to school, This is the way we go to school, On a cold and frosty morning.
This is the way we come out of school, Come out of school, come out of school, This is the way we come out of school, On a cold and frosty morning.
YOUNG LAMBS TO SELL
If I'd as much money as I could tell, I never would cry young lambs to sell; Young lambs to sell, young lambs to sell; I never would cry young lambs to sell.
BOY AND THE SPARROW
A little cock-sparrow sat on a green tree, And he chirruped, he chirruped, so merry was he; A naughty boy came with his wee bow and arrow, Determined to shoot this little cock-sparrow.
"This little cock-sparrow shall make me a stew, And his giblets shall make me a little pie, too." "Oh, no," says the sparrow "I won't make a stew." So he flapped his wings and away he flew.
OLD WOMAN, OLD WOMAN
There was an old woman tossed in a basket, Seventeen times as high as the moon; But where she was going no mortal could tell, For under her arm she carried a broom.
"Old woman, old woman, old woman," said I, "Whither, oh whither, oh whither so high?" "To sweep the cobwebs from the sky; And I'll be with you by-and-by."
THE FIRST OF MAY
The fair maid who, the first of May, Goes to the fields at break of day, And washes in dew from the hawthorn-tree, Will ever after handsome be.
Here's Sulky Sue, What shall we do? Turn her face to the wall Till she comes to.
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the cock that crowed in the morn, That waked the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the farmer sowing the corn, That kept the cock that crowed in the morn, That waked the priest all shaven and shorn, That married the man all tattered and torn, That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog, That worried the cat, That killed the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
On Saturday night Shall be all my care To powder my locks And curl my hair.
On Sunday morning My love will come in. When he will marry me With a gold ring.
LITTLE JENNY WREN
Little Jenny Wren fell sick, Upon a time; In came Robin Redbreast And brought her cake and wine.
"Eat well of my cake, Jenny, Drink well of my wine." "Thank you, Robin, kindly, You shall be mine."
Jenny she got well, And stood upon her feet, And told Robin plainly She loved him not a bit.
Robin being angry, Hopped upon a twig, Saying, "Out upon you! Fie upon you! Bold-faced jig!"
THE OLD WOMAN AND THE PEDLAR
There was an old woman, as I've heard tell, She went to market her eggs for to sell; She went to market all on a market-day, And she fell asleep on the King's highway.
There came by a pedlar whose name was Stout, He cut her petticoats all round about; He cut her petticoats up to the knees, Which made the old woman to shiver and freeze.
When the little old woman first did wake, She began to shiver and she began to shake; She began to wonder and she began to cry, "Lauk a mercy on me, this can't be I!
"But if it be I, as I hope it be, I've a little dog at home, and he'll know me; If it be I, he'll wag his little tail, And if it be not I, he'll loudly bark and wail."
Home went the little woman all in the dark; Up got the little dog, and he began to bark; He began to bark, so she began to cry, "Lauk a mercy on me, this is none of I!"
Little Bobby Snooks was fond of his books, And loved by his usher and master; But naughty Jack Spry, he got a black eye, And carries his nose in a plaster.
THE LITTLE MOPPET
I had a little moppet, I put it in my pocket, And fed it with corn and hay. There came a proud beggar. And swore he should have her; And stole my little moppet away.
I SAW A SHIP A-SAILING
I saw a ship a-sailing, A-sailing on the sea; And, oh! it was all laden With pretty things for thee!
There were comfits in the cabin, And apples in the hold; The sails were made of silk, And the masts were made of gold.
The four-and-twenty sailors That stood between the decks, Were four-and-twenty white mice With chains about their necks.
The captain was a duck, With a packet on his back; And when the ship began to move, The captain said, "Quack! Quack!"
As soft as silk, as white as milk, As bitter as gall, a strong wall, And a green coat covers me all.
THE MAN IN THE MOON
The Man in the Moon came tumbling down, And asked the way to Norwich; He went by the south, and burnt his mouth With eating cold pease porridge.
ONE, HE LOVES
One, he loves; two, he loves; Three, he loves, they say; Four, he loves with all his heart; Five, he casts away. Six, he loves; seven, she loves; Eight, they both love. Nine, he comes; ten, he tarries; Eleven, he courts; twelve, he marries.
Bat, bat, Come under my hat, And I'll give you a slice of bacon; And when I bake I'll give you a cake If I am not mistaken.
Hark, hark! the dogs do bark! Beggars are coming to town: Some in jags, and some in rags, And some in velvet gown.
The hart he loves the high wood, The hare she loves the hill; The Knight he loves his bright sword, The Lady—loves her will.
Saw ye aught of my love a-coming from the market? A peck of meal upon her back, A babby in her basket; Saw ye aught of my love a-coming from the market?
THE MAN OF BOMBAY
There was a fat man of Bombay, Who was smoking one sunshiny day; When a bird called a snipe Flew away with his pipe, Which vexed the fat man of Bombay.
POOR OLD ROBINSON CRUSOE!
Poor old Robinson Crusoe! Poor old Robinson Crusoe! They made him a coat Of an old Nanny goat. I wonder why they should do so! With a ring-a-ting-tang, And a ring-a-ting-tang, Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
A riddle, a riddle, as I suppose, A hundred eyes and never a nose!
MY MAID MARY
My maid Mary she minds the dairy, While I go a-hoeing and mowing each morn; Gaily run the reel and the little spinning wheel, While I am singing and mowing my corn.
A DIFFICULT RHYME
What is the rhyme for porringer? The king he had a daughter fair, And gave the Prince of Orange her.
PRETTY JOHN WATTS
Pretty John Watts, We are troubled with rats. Will you drive them out of the house? We have mice, too, in plenty, That feast in the pantry, But let them stay And nibble away, What harm in a little brown mouse?
Come when you're called, Do what you're bid, Shut the door after you, And never be chid.
I LOVE SIXPENCE
I love sixpence, a jolly, jolly sixpence, I love sixpence as my life; I spent a penny of it, I spent a penny of it, I took a penny home to my wife.
Oh, my little fourpence, a jolly, jolly fourpence, I love fourpence as my life; I spent twopence of it, I spent twopence of it, And I took twopence home to my wife.
BYE, BABY BUNTING
Bye, baby bunting, Father's gone a-hunting, Mother's gone a-milking, Sister's gone a-silking, And brother's gone to buy a skin To wrap the baby bunting in.
TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON
Tom, Tom, the piper's son, Stole a pig, and away he run, The pig was eat, And Tom was beat, And Tom ran crying down the street.
In a cottage in Fife Lived a man and his wife Who, believe me, were comical folk; For, to people's surprise, They both saw with their eyes, And their tongues moved whenever they spoke!
When they were asleep, I'm told, that to keep Their eyes open they could not contrive; They both walked on their feet, And 'twas thought what they eat Helped, with drinking, to keep them alive!
Cocks crow in the morn To tell us to rise, And he who lies late Will never be wise;
For early to bed And early to rise, Is the way to be healthy And wealthy and wise.
As Tommy Snooks and Bessy Brooks Were walking out one Sunday, Says Tommy Snooks to Bessy Brooks, "Wilt marry me on Monday?"
THE THREE SONS
There was an old woman had three sons, Jerry and James and John, Jerry was hanged, James was drowned, John was lost and never was found; And there was an end of her three sons, Jerry and James and John!
"Robert Barnes, my fellow fine, Can you shoe this horse of mine?" "Yes, good sir, that I can, As well as any other man; There's a nail, and there's a prod, Now, good sir, your horse is shod."
TWO GRAY KITS
The two gray kits, And the gray kits' mother, All went over The bridge together.
The bridge broke down, They all fell in; "May the rats go with you," Says Tom Bolin.
ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE
One, two, Buckle my shoe; Three, four, Knock at the door; Five, six, Pick up sticks; Seven, eight, Lay them straight; Nine, ten, A good, fat hen; Eleven, twelve, Dig and delve; Thirteen, fourteen, Maids a-courting; Fifteen, sixteen, Maids in the kitchen; Seventeen, eighteen, Maids a-waiting; Nineteen, twenty, My plate's empty.
Cock-a-doodle-do! My dame has lost her shoe, My master's lost his fiddle-stick And knows not what to do.
Cock-a-doodle-do! What is my dame to do? Till master finds his fiddle-stick, She'll dance without her shoe.
PAIRS OR PEARS
Twelve pairs hanging high, Twelve knights riding by, Each knight took a pear, And yet left a dozen there.
At the siege of Belleisle I was there all the while, All the while, all the while, At the siege of Belleisle.
OLD KING COLE
Old King Cole Was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, And he called for his bowl, And he called for his fiddlers three! And every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle, And a very fine fiddle had he. "Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee," went the fiddlers. Oh, there's none so rare As can compare With King Cole and his fiddlers three.
See, see! What shall I see? A horse's head where his tail should be.
I had a little pony, His name was Dapple-Gray, I lent him to a lady, To ride a mile away. She whipped him, she slashed him, She rode him through the mire; I would not lend my pony now For all the lady's hire.
As round as an apple, as deep as a cup, And all the king's horses can't fill it up.
COFFEE AND TEA
Molly, my sister and I fell out, And what do you think it was all about? She loved coffee and I loved tea, And that was the reason we couldn't agree.
Pussy-cat Mew jumped over a coal, And in her best petticoat burnt a great hole. Poor Pussy's weeping, she'll have no more milk Until her best petticoat's mended with silk.
THE LITTLE GIRL WITH A CURL
There was a little girl who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead; When she was good, she was very, very good, And when she was bad she was horrid.
Friday night's dream, on Saturday told, Is sure to come true, be it never so old.
A COCK AND BULL STORY
The cock's on the housetop blowing his horn; The bull's in the barn a-threshing of corn; The maids in the meadows are making of hay; The ducks in the river are swimming away.
You shall have an apple, YOU shall have a plum, You shall have a rattle, When papa comes home.
As I walked by myself, And talked to myself, Myself said unto me: "Look to thyself, Take care of thyself, For nobody cares for thee."
I answered myself, And said to myself In the selfsame repartee: "Look to thyself, Or not look to thyself, The selfsame thing will be."
OVER THE WATER
Over the water, and over the sea, And over the water to Charley, I'll have none of your nasty beef, Nor I'll have none of your barley; But I'll have some of your very best flour To make a white cake for my Charley.
To make your candles last for aye, You wives and maids give ear-O! To put them out's the only way, Says honest John Boldero.
FEARS AND TEARS
Tommy's tears and Mary's fears Will make them old before their years.
THE KILKENNY CATS
There were once two cats of Kilkenny. Each thought there was one cat too many; So they fought and they fit, And they scratched and they bit, Till, excepting their nails, And the tips of their tails, Instead of two cats, there weren't any.
Old Grimes is dead, that good old man, We ne'er shall see him more; He used to wear a long brown coat All buttoned down before.
A WEEK OF BIRTHDAYS
Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works hard for its living, But the child that's born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Black within and red without; Four corners round about.
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home! Your house is on fire, your children all gone, All but one, and her name is Ann, And she crept under the pudding pan.
THE MAN WHO HAD NAUGHT
There was a man and he had naught, And robbers came to rob him; He crept up to the chimney pot, And then they thought they had him.
But he got down on t'other side, And then they could not find him; He ran fourteen miles in fifteen days, And never looked behind him.
THE TAILORS AND THE SNAIL
Four and Twenty tailors Went to kill a snail; The best man among them Durst not touch her tail; She put out her horns Like a little Kyloe cow. Run, tailors, run, or She'll kill you all e'en now.
AROUND THE GREEN GRAVEL
Around the green gravel the grass grows green, And all the pretty maids are plain to be seen; Wash them with milk, and clothe them with silk, And write their names with a pen and ink.
Intery, mintery, cutery corn, Apple seed and apple thorn; Wire, brier, limber-lock, Five geese in a flock, Sit and sing by a spring, O-u-t, and in again.
Bow-wow-wow! Whose dog art thou? Little Tom Tinker's dog, Bow-wow-wow!
AS I WAS GOING ALONG
As I was going along, along, A-singing a comical song, song, song, The lane that I went was so long, long, long, And the song that I sang was so long, long, long, And so I went singing along.
Hector Protector was dressed all in green; Hector Protector was sent to the Queen. The Queen did not like him, No more did the King; So Hector Protector was sent back again.
"Billy, Billy, come and play, While the sun shines bright as day."
"Yes, my Polly, so I will, For I love to please you still."
"Billy, Billy, have you seen Sam and Betsy on the green?"
"Yes, my Poll, I saw them pass, Skipping o'er the new-mown grass."
"Billy, Billy, come along, And I will sing a pretty song."
Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green; Father's a nobleman, mother's a queen; And Betty's a lady, and wears a gold ring; And Johnny's a drummer, and drums for the king.
THE MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
The man in the wilderness Asked me How many strawberries Grew in the sea. I answered him As I thought good, As many as red herrings Grew in the wood.
LITTLE JACK HORNER
Little Jack Horner Sat in the corner, Eating of Christmas pie: He put in his thumb, And pulled out a plum, And said, "What a good boy am I!"
THE BIRD SCARER
Away, birds, away! Take a little and leave a little, And do not come again; For if you do, I will shoot you through, And there will be an end of you.
MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? Silver bells and cockle-shells, And pretty maids all of a row.
BESSY BELL AND MARY GRAY
Bessy Bell and Mary Gray, They were two bonny lasses; They built their house upon the lea, And covered it with rushes.
Bessy kept the garden gate, And Mary kept the pantry; Bessy always had to wait, While Mary lived in plenty.
NEEDLES AND PINS
Needles and pins, needles and pins, When a man marries his trouble begins.
PUSSY-CAT AND THE DUMPLINGS
Pussy-cat ate the dumplings, the dumplings, Pussy-cat ate the dumplings. Mamma stood by, and cried, "Oh, fie! Why did you eat the dumplings?"
DANCE, THUMBKIN DANCE
Dance, Thumbkin, dance; (keep the thumb in motion Dance, ye merrymen, everyone. (all the fingers in motion For Thumbkin, he can dance alone, (the thumb alone moving Thumbkin, he can dance alone. (the thumb alone moving Dance, Foreman, dance, (the first finger moving Dance, ye merrymen, everyone. (all moving But Foreman, he can dance alone, (the first finger moving Foreman, he can dance alone. (the first finger moving Dance, Longman, dance, (the second finger moving Dance, ye merrymen, everyone. (all moving For Longman, he can dance alone, (the second finger moving Longman, he can dance alone. (the second finger moving Dance, Ringman, dance, (the third finger moving Dance, ye merrymen, dance. (all moving But Ringman cannot dance alone, (the third finger moving Ringman, he cannot dance alone. (the third finger moving Dance, Littleman, dance, (the fourth finger moving Dance, ye merrymen, dance. (all moving But Littleman, he can dance alone, (the fourth finger moving Littleman, he can dance alone. (the fourth finger moving
Mary had a pretty bird, Feathers bright and yellow, Slender legs—upon my word He was a pretty fellow!
The sweetest note he always sung, Which much delighted Mary. She often, where the cage was hung, Sat hearing her canary.
THE LITTLE BIRD
Once I saw a little bird Come hop, hop, hop; So I cried, "Little bird, Will you stop, stop, stop?"
And was going to the window To say, "How do you do?" But he shook his little tail, And far away he flew.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Birds of a feather flock together, And so will pigs and swine; Rats and mice will have their choice, And so will I have mine.
THE DUSTY MILLER
Margaret wrote a letter, Sealed it with her finger, Threw it in the dam For the dusty miller. Dusty was his coat, Dusty was the siller, Dusty was the kiss I'd from the dusty miller. If I had my pockets Full of gold and siller, I would give it all To my dusty miller.
Higher than a house, higher than a tree. Oh! whatever can that be?
THE GREEDY MAN
The greedy man is he who sits And bites bits out of plates, Or else takes up an almanac And gobbles all the dates.
THE TEN O'CLOCK SCHOLAR
A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar! What makes you come so soon? You used to come at ten o'clock, But now you come at noon.
Oh, my pretty cock, oh, my handsome cock, I pray you, do not crow before day, And your comb shall be made of the very beaten gold, And your wings of the silver so gray.
Lives in winter, Dies in summer, And grows with its roots upward!
A SHIP'S NAIL
Over the water, And under the water, And always with its head down.
THE OLD WOMAN OF LEEDS
There was an old woman of Leeds, Who spent all her time in good deeds; She worked for the poor Till her fingers were sore, This pious old woman of Leeds!
THE BOY IN THE BARN
A little boy went into a barn, And lay down on some hay. An owl came out, and flew about, And the little boy ran away.
Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more, On the King's kitchen door, All the King's horses, And all the King's men, Couldn't drive Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more, Off the King's kitchen door.
Willy, Willy Wilkin Kissed the maids a-milking, Fa, la, la! And with his merry daffing He set them all a-laughing, Ha, ha, ha!
Long legs, crooked thighs, Little head, and no eyes.
Little Jack Jingle, He used to live single; But when he got tired of this kind of life, He left off being single and lived with his wife. Now what do you think of little Jack Jingle? Before he was married he used to live single.
My little old man and I fell out; I'll tell you what 'twas all about,— I had money and he had none, And that's the way the noise begun.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her; He put her in a pumpkin shell, And there he kept her very well.
Shoe the colt, Shoe the colt, Shoe the wild mare; Here a nail, There a nail, Yet she goes bare.
Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe; What shall little Betty do? Give her another To match the other And then she'll walk upon two.
There was an old woman sat spinning, And that's the first beginning;
She had a calf, And that's half;
She took it by the tail, And threw it over the wall, And that's all!
The Man in the Moon looked out of the moon, Looked out of the moon and said, "'Tis time for all children, on the earth To think about getting to bed!"
DANCE, LITTLE BABY
Dance, little Baby, dance up high! Never mind, Baby, Mother is by. Crow and caper, caper and crow, There, little Baby, there you go! Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, Backwards and forwards, round and round; Dance, little Baby and Mother will sing, With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding!
MY LITTLE MAID
High diddle doubt, my candle's out My little maid is not at home; Saddle my hog and bridle my dog, And fetch my little maid home.
FOR WANT OF A NAIL
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; For want of the shoe, the horse was lost; For want of the horse, the rider was lost; For want of the rider, the battle was lost; For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Pease porridge hot, Pease porridge cold, Pease porridge in the pot, Nine days old. Some like it hot, Some like it cold, Some like it in the pot, Nine days old.
RING A RING O' ROSES
Ring a ring o' roses, A pocketful of posies. Tisha! Tisha! We all fall down.
THE CROOKED SIXPENCE
There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence beside a crooked stile; He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
THIS IS THE WAY
This is the way the ladies ride, Tri, tre, tre, tree, Tri, tre, tre, tree! This is the way the ladies ride, Tri, tre, tre, tre, tri-tre-tre-tree!
This is the way the gentlemen ride, Gallop-a-trot, Gallop-a-trot! This is the way the gentlemen ride, Gallop-a-gallop-a-trot!
This is the way the farmers ride, Hobbledy-hoy, Hobbledy-hoy! This is the way the farmers ride, Hobbledy-hobbledy-hoy!
DUCKS AND DRAKES
A duck and a drake, And a halfpenny cake, With a penny to pay the old baker. A hop and a scotch Is another notch, Slitherum, slatherum, take her.
Donkey, donkey, old and gray, Ope your mouth and gently bray; Lift your ears and blow your horn, To wake the world this sleepy morn.
If all the world were apple pie, And all the sea were ink, And all the trees were bread and cheese, What should we have for drink?
"You owe me five shillings," Say the bells of St. Helen's. "When will you pay me?" Say the bells of Old Bailey. "When I grow rich," Say the bells of Shoreditch. "When will that be?" Say the bells of Stepney. "I do not know," Says the great Bell of Bow. "Two sticks in an apple," Ring the bells of Whitechapel. "Halfpence and farthings," Say the bells of St. Martin's. "Kettles and pans," Say the bells of St. Ann's. "Brickbats and tiles," Say the bells of St. Giles. "Old shoes and slippers," Say the bells of St. Peter's. "Pokers and tongs," Say the bells of St. John's.
LITTLE GIRL AND QUEEN
"Little girl, little girl, where have you been?" "Gathering roses to give to the Queen." "Little girl, little girl, what gave she you?" "She gave me a diamond as big as my shoe."
THE KING OF FRANCE
The King of France went up the hill, With twenty thousand men; The King of France came down the hill, And ne'er went up again.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
ONE TO TEN
1, 2, 3, 4, 5! I caught a hare alive; 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! I let her go again.
Read my riddle, I pray. What God never sees, What the king seldom sees, What we see every day.
The Queen of Hearts, She made some tarts, All on a summer's day; The Knave of Hearts, He stole the tarts, And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts Called for the tarts, And beat the Knave full sore; The Knave of Hearts Brought back the tarts, And vowed he'd steal no more.
COME, LET'S TO BED
"To bed! To bed!" Says Sleepy-head; "Tarry awhile," says Slow; "Put on the pan," Says Greedy Nan; "We'll sup before we go."
"Little maid, pretty maid, whither goest thou?" "Down in the forest to milk my cow." "Shall I go with thee?" "No, not now; When I send for thee, then come thou."
WHAT ARE LITTLE BOYS MADE OF?
What are little boys made of, made of? What are little boys made of? "Snaps and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails; And that's what little boys are made of."
What are little girls made of, made of? What are little girls made of? "Sugar and spice, and all that's nice; And that's what little girls are made of."
As I was going to sell my eggs I met a man with bandy legs, Bandy legs and crooked toes; I tripped up his heels, and he fell on his nose.
THE GIRL AND THE BIRDS
When I was a little girl, about seven years old, I hadn't got a petticoat, to cover me from the cold. So I went into Darlington, that pretty little town, And there I bought a petticoat, a cloak, and a gown. I went into the woods and built me a kirk, And all the birds of the air, they helped me to work. The hawk with his long claws pulled down the stone, The dove with her rough bill brought me them home. The parrot was the clergyman, the peacock was the clerk, The bullfinch played the organ,—we made merry work.
As I went to Bonner, I met a pig Without a wig Upon my word and honor.
As little Jenny Wren Was sitting by her shed. She waggled with her tail, And nodded with her head. She waggled with her tail, And nodded with her head, As little Jenny Wren Was sitting by the shed.
LITTLE TOM TUCKER
Little Tom Tucker Sings for his supper. What shall he eat? White bread and butter. How will he cut it Without e'er a knife? How will he be married Without e'er a wife?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, MY PRETTY MAID
"Where are you going, my pretty maid?" "I'm going a-milking, sir," she said. "May I go with you, my pretty maid?" "You're kindly welcome, sir," she said. "What is your father, my pretty maid?" "My father's a farmer, sir," she said. "What is your fortune, my pretty maid?" "My face is my fortune, sir," she said. "Then I can't marry you, my pretty maid." "Nobody asked you, sir," she said.
THE OLD WOMAN OF GLOUCESTER
There was an old woman of Gloucester, Whose parrot two guineas it cost her, But its tongue never ceasing, Was vastly displeasing To the talkative woman of Gloucester.
MULTIPLICATION IS VEXATION
Multiplication is vexation, Division is as bad; The Rule of Three doth puzzle me, And Practice drives me mad.
LITTLE KING BOGGEN
Little King Boggen, he built a fine hall, Pie-crust and pastry-crust, that was the wall; The windows were made of black puddings and white, And slated with pan-cakes,—you ne'er saw the like!
"Whistle, daughter, whistle; Whistle, daughter dear." "I cannot whistle, mammy, I cannot whistle clear." "Whistle, daughter, whistle; Whistle for a pound." "I cannot whistle, mammy, I cannot make a sound."
Bell horses, bell horses, what time of day? One o'clock, two o'clock, three and away.
Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy came to my house and stole a piece of beef; I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was not home; Taffy came to my house and stole a marrow-bone.
I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was not in; Taffy came to my house and stole a silver pin; I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was in bed, I took up the marrow-bone and flung it at his head.
The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then, Poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing!
THE OLD WOMAN OF HARROW
There was an old woman of Harrow, Who visited in a wheelbarrow; And her servant before, Knocked loud at each door, To announce the old woman of Harrow.
YOUNG ROGER AND DOLLY
Young Roger came tapping at Dolly's window, Thumpaty, thumpaty, thump!
He asked for admittance; she answered him "No!" Frumpaty, frumpaty, frump!
"No, no, Roger, no! as you came you may go!" Stumpaty, stumpaty, stump!
THE PIPER AND HIS COW
There was a piper had a cow, And he had naught to give her; He pulled out his pipes and played her a tune, And bade the cow consider.
The cow considered very well, And gave the piper a penny, And bade him play the other tune, "Corn rigs are bonny."
THE MAN OF DERBY
A little old man of Derby, How do you think he served me? He took away my bread and cheese, And that is how he served me.
Up at Piccadilly, oh! The coachman takes his stand, And when he meets a pretty girl He takes her by the hand; Whip away forever, oh! Drive away so clever, oh! All the way to Bristol, oh! He drives her four-in-hand.
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children she didn't know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread. She whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
I went to the wood and got it; I sat me down to look for it And brought it home because I couldn't find it.
THE OLD WOMAN OF SURREY
There was an old woman in Surrey, Who was morn, noon, and night in a hurry; Called her husband a fool, Drove the children to school, The worrying old woman of Surrey.
THE LITTLE MOUSE
I have seen you, little mouse, Running all about the house, Through the hole your little eye In the wainscot peeping sly, Hoping soon some crumbs to steal, To make quite a hearty meal. Look before you venture out, See if pussy is about. If she's gone, you'll quickly run To the larder for some fun; Round about the dishes creep, Taking into each a peep, To choose the daintiest that's there, Spoiling things you do not care.
BOY AND GIRL
There was a little boy and a little girl Lived in an alley; Says the little boy to the little girl, "Shall I, oh, shall I?" Says the little girl to the little boy, "What shall we do?" Says the little boy to the little girl, "I will kiss you."
When I was a bachelor I lived by myself; And all the bread and cheese I got I laid up on the shelf.
The rats and the mice They made such a strife, I was forced to go to London To buy me a wife.
The streets were so bad, And the lanes were so narrow, I was forced to bring my wife home In a wheelbarrow.
The wheelbarrow broke, And my wife had a fall; Down came wheelbarrow, Little wife and all.
Sing, sing, what shall I sing? Cat's run away with the pudding-string! Do, do, what shall I do? The cat has bitten it quite in two.
London Bridge is broken down, Dance over my Lady Lee; London Bridge is broken down, With a gay lady.
How shall we build it up again? Dance over my Lady Lee; How shall we build it up again? With a gay lady.
Build it up with silver and gold, Dance over my Lady Lee; Build it up with silver and gold, With a gay lady.
Silver and gold will be stole away, Dance over my Lady Lee; Silver and gold will be stole away, With a gay lady.
Build it up with iron and steel, Dance over my Lady Lee; Build it up with iron and steel, With a gay lady.
Iron and steel will bend and bow, Dance over my Lady Lee; Iron and steel will bend and bow, With a gay lady.
Build it up with wood and clay, Dance over my Lady Lee; Build it up with wood and clay, With a gay lady.
Wood and clay will wash away, Dance over my Lady Lee; Wood and clay will wash away, With a gay lady.
Build it up with stone so strong, Dance over my Lady Lee; Huzza! 'twill last for ages long, With a gay lady.
March winds and April showers Bring forth May flowers.
"What is the news of the day, Good neighbor, I pray?" "They say the balloon Is gone up to the moon!"
As I went through the garden gap, Who should I meet but Dick Red-cap! A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat,— If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat.
THE LOST SHOE
Doodle doodle doo, The Princess lost her shoe: Her Highness hopped,— The fiddler stopped, Not knowing what to do.
There was a little woman, as I've been told, Who was not very young, nor yet very old; Now this little woman her living got By selling codlins, hot, hot, hot!
Swan, swan, over the sea; Swim, swan, swim! Swan, swan, back again; Well swum, swan!
Three straws on a staff Would make a baby cry and laugh.
THE MAN OF TOBAGO
There was an old man of Tobago Who lived on rice, gruel, and sago, Till much to his bliss, His physician said this: "To a leg, sir, of mutton, you may go."
DING, DONG, BELL
Ding, dong, bell, Pussy's in the well! Who put her in? Little Tommy Lin.
Who pulled her out? Little Johnny Stout. What a naughty boy was that, To try to drown poor pussy-cat. Who never did him any harm, But killed the mice in his father's barn!
A SUNSHINY SHOWER
A sunshiny shower Won't last half an hour.
THE FARMER AND THE RAVEN
A farmer went trotting upon his gray mare, Bumpety, bumpety, bump! With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair, Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
A raven cried croak! and they all tumbled down, Bumpety, bumpety, bump! The mare broke her knees, and the farmer his crown, Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
The mischievous raven flew laughing away, Bumpety, bumpety, bump! And vowed he would serve them the same the next day, Lumpety, lumpety lump!
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, Please to put a penny in an old man's hat; If you haven't got a penny a ha'penny will do, If you haven't got a ha'penny, God bless you.
"Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going? I will go with you, if that I may." "I'm going to the meadow to see them a-mowing, I'm going to help them to make the hay."
POLLY AND SUKEY
Polly, put the kettle on, Polly, put the kettle on, Polly, put the kettle on, And let's drink tea.
Sukey, take it off again, Sukey, take it off again, Sukey, take it off again, They're all gone away.
THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF POOR COCK ROBIN
Who killed Cock Robin? "I," said the sparrow, "With my little bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin."
Who saw him die? "I," said the fly, "With my little eye, I saw him die."
Who caught his blood? "I," said the fish, "With my little dish, I caught his blood."
Who'll make his shroud? "I," said the beetle, "With my thread and needle. I'll make his shroud."
Who'll carry the torch? "I," said the linnet, "I'll come in a minute, I'll carry the torch."
Who'll be the clerk? "I," said the lark, "If it's not in the dark, I'll be the clerk."
Who'll dig his grave? "I," said the owl, "With my spade and trowel I'll dig his grave."
Who'll be the parson? "I," said the rook, "With my little book, I'll be the parson."
Who'll be chief mourner? "I," said the dove, "I mourn for my love, I'll be chief mourner."
Who'll sing a psalm? "I," said the thrush, "As I sit in a bush. I'll sing a psalm."
Who'll carry the coffin? "I," said the kite, "If it's not in the night, I'll carry the coffin."
Who'll toll the bell? "I," said the bull, "Because I can pull, I'll toll the bell."
All the birds of the air Fell sighing and sobbing, When they heard the bell toll For poor Cock Robin.
THE MOUSE AND THE CLOCK
Hickory, dickory, dock! The mouse ran up the clock; The clock struck one, And down he run, Hickory, dickory, dock!
Hot-cross Buns! Hot-cross Buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross Buns!
Hot-cross Buns! Hot-cross Buns! If ye have no daughters, Give them to your sons.
Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea, With silver buckles on his knee: He'll come back and marry me, Pretty Bobby Shaftoe! Bobby Shaftoe's fat and fair, Combing down his yellow hair; He's my love for evermore, Pretty Bobby Shaftoe.
THE BUNCH OF BLUE RIBBONS
Oh, dear, what can the matter be? Oh, dear, what can the matter be? Oh, dear, what can the matter be? Johnny's so long at the fair.
He promised he'd buy me a bunch of blue ribbons, He promised he'd buy me a bunch of blue ribbons, He promised he'd buy me a bunch of blue ribbons, To tie up my bonny brown hair.
THE WOMAN OF EXETER
There dwelt an old woman at Exeter; When visitors came it sore vexed her, So for fear they should eat, She locked up all her meat, This stingy old woman of Exeter.
If you sneeze on Monday, you sneeze for danger; Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger; Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter; Sneeze on a Thursday, something better. Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow; Sneeze on a Saturday, joy to-morrow.
PUSSY-CAT BY THE FIRE
Pussy-cat sits by the fire; How can she be fair? In walks the little dog; Says: "Pussy, are you there? How do you do, Mistress Pussy? Mistress Pussy, how d'ye do?" "I thank you kindly, little dog, I fare as well as you!"
WHEN THE SNOW IS ON THE GROUND
The little robin grieves When the snow is on the ground, For the trees have no leaves, And no berries can be found.
The air is cold, the worms are hid; For robin here what can be done? Let's strow around some crumbs of bread, And then he'll live till snow is gone.