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Nursery Rhymes

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A Man in the Wilderness

A man in the wilderness
Asked this of me,
"How many strawberries
Grow in the sea?"
I answered him
As I thought good,
"As many red herrings
As swim in the wood."


As I was going to St Ives

As I was going to St Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks;
Each sack had seven cats;
Each cat had seven Kits.
Kits, cats, sacks and wives.
How many were going to St Ives?

The answer? Just one person is going TO St Ives.


As Round as an Apple

"Mother Goose"

As round as an apple,
As deep as a cup,
All the king's horses
Can't pull it up.

It's a well!


Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes Sir, yes Sir, three bags full.
One for the Master,
And one for the Dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.


Blow, wind, blow!

"Mother Goose"

Blow, wind, blow! And go, mill, go!
That the miller may grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it,
And send us some hot in the morn.


Bobby Shaftoe

Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea,
Silver buckles on his knee.
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's fine and fair,
Combing down his auburn hair.
He's my friend for evermore,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.


Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend my Shoe

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe.
Get it done by half past two.
Half past two is much too late!
Get it done by half past eight


Come to the Window

Come to the window,
My baby, with me,
And look at the stars
That shine on the sea!
There are two little stars
That play bo-peep
With two little fish
Far down in the deep;
And two little frogs
Cry "Neap, neap, neap;"
I see a dear baby
That should be asleep.


Curly Locks, Curly Locks

Curly Locks, Curly Locks,
Will you be mine?
You shall not wash dishes,
Nor feed the swine,
But sit on a cushion
And sew a fine seam,
And sup upon strawberries,
Sugar, and cream.


Cushy Cow Bonny

"Mother Goose"

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.


Cut thistles in May

Cut thistles in May,
They'll grow in a day;
Cut them in June,
That is too soon;
Cut them in July,
Then they will die


Daffy Down Dilly

Daffy Down Dilly
Has come to town
In a yellow petticoat
And a green gown.

Daffy Down Dilly is a play on "daffodil", the pretty yellow flower.


Diddle, Diddle Dumpling

Diddle, diddle dumpling,
My son John.
Went to bed with his trousers on.
One shoe off, and one shoe on,
Diddle, diddle dumpling,
My son John.


Ding, Dong Bell

Ding, dong, bell,
Pussy's in the well.
Who put her in?
Little Johnny Green.
Who pulled her out?
Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,
To try to drown poor pussy cat,
Who never did him any harm,
And killed the mice in his father's barn.


Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle,
right up to his middle.
And never went there again.


Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he 'live, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

Rhyme quoted by the giant in "Jack and the Beanstalk"


Four Stiff Standers

Four stiff standers,
Four dilly-danders,
Two lookers,
Two crookers,
And a wig-wag

The answer? A cow.


Georgie Porgie

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.


Goosey, Goosey, Gander

Goosey, goosey, gander,
Whither shall I 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.


Gray Goose and Gander

Gray goose and gander,
Waft your wings together,
And carry the good king's daughter
Over the one-strand river


Hark!, Hark!

Hark!, Hark! The dogs do bark.
The beggars are coming to town.
Some in rags,
And some in tags,
And one in a velvet gown.


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.

These are the chores we'll do this week,
Do this week,
Do this week.
These are the chores we'll do this week,
So early every morning.

This is the way we wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
So early Monday morning.

This is the way we iron our clothes,
Iron our clothes,
Iron our clothes.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
So early Tuesday morning.

This is the way we scrub the floor,
Scrub the floor,
Scrub the floor.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
So early Wednesday morning.

This is the way we mend our clothes,
Mend our clothes,
Mend our clothes.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
So early Thursday morning.

This is the way we sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor.
This is the way we sweep the floor,
So early Friday morning.

This is the way we bake our bread,
Bake our bread,
Bake our bread.
This is the way we bake our bread,
So early Saturday morning.

This is the way we get dressed up,
Get dressed up,
Get dressed up.
This is the way we get dressed up,
So early Sunday morning.

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning


Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.


Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock.

Tick, tock, tick, tock


Higglety, Pigglety, My Black Hen

Higglety, Pigglety, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day,
To see what my black hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine, and sometimes ten.
Higglety, pigglety, my black hen


How Many Miles to Babylon?

How many miles to Babylon?
Three score and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
Aye, and back again.
If your feet are nimble and light,
You'll get there by candlelight


Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses,
And all the King's men.
Couldn't put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty was a powerful cannon used during the English Civil War (1642-49).
It was mounted on top of the St Mary's at the Wall Church in Colchester, defending the city against siege in the summer of 1648. The church tower was hit and the top of the tower was blown off, sending "Humpty" tumbling to the ground. The King's men (infantry) and horses (cavalry) tried in vain to mend him. (Courtesy of the East Anglia Tourist Board.)


Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don't say a word
Mama's gonna buy you a mockin'bird

If that mockin'bird don't sing
Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass

If that looking glass gets broke
Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat

If that billy goat don't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you a cart and mule

If that cart and mule turn over
Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover

If that dog named Rover won't bark
Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart

If that Horse and Cart fall down,
Then you'll be the sweetest little baby in town.


Hush-a-bye, Baby

Hush-a-bye, baby,
in the tree top.
When the wind blows,
the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks,
the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby,
cradle and all.


I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell

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.


I Had a Little Nut Tree

I had a little nut tree,
And nothing would it bear.
But a silver nutmeg,
And a golden pear.

The King of Spain's daughter,
Came to visit me.
All for the sake of my little nut tree.

I skipped over water,
I danced over sea.
And all the birds in the air,
Couldn't catch me.


I Love Coffee

I love coffee
I love tea
I love the boys
And the boys love me
How many boys love me

I like coffee, I like tea
I like (name) to jump with me!


I Love Little Pussy

I love 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.


I Saw a Ship a-Sailing,

I saw a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea.
And, oh, but it was 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 all 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,
The captain said, "Quack! Quack!


I?m a little Dutch Girl

I'm a little Dutch girl
Dressed in blue
Here are the things
I like to do
Salute to the captain
Bow to the queen
Turn my back
On the submarine
I can do the tap dance
I can do the split
I can do the holka polka
Just like this


Ice Cream, a Penny a Lump

Ice cream, a penny a lump!
The more you eat, the more you jump.
Eeper, Weeper, Chimney sweeper,
Married a wife and could not keep her.
Married another,
Did not love her,
Up the chimney he did shove her!


If All The Seas Were One Sea

"Mother Goose"

If all the seas were one sea,
What a great sea that would be!

If all the trees were one tree,
What a great tree that would be!

If all the axes were one axe,
What a great axe that would be!

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 great splash-splash that would be!


If All the World Were Paper

If all the world were paper,
And all the sea were ink,
If all the trees
Were bread and cheese,
What should we have to drink?


In Marble Walls

In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk;
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold --
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

It's an egg!


In Spring I Look Gay

In Spring I look gay,
Decked in comely array,
In Summer more clothing I wear;
When colder it grows,
I fling off my clothes,
And in Winter quite naked appear.

The answer? A tree.


Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy spider, climbed up the spout,
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sunshine,
And dried up all the rain.
Incy Wincy spider,
climbed up the spout again.


Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill

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.

Up Jack got and home did trot,
As faster as he could caper.
He went to bed to mend his head,
With vinegar and brown paper


Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over,
The candlestick.


Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean.


King Boggen

King Boggen, he built a fine new hall;
Pastry and piecrust, that was the wall;
The windows were made of black pudding and white,
Roofed with pancakes - you never saw the like.


Ladybird, Ladybird

Ladybird, ladybird,
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire,
And your children all gone.
All except one,
And that's Ann,
For she has crept under,
The frying pan.


Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And can't tell where to find them.
Leave them alone, And they'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.


Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue, come blow up your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn.
Where is the little boy,
Who looks after the sheep.
He's under the haystack, fast asleep.


Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner,
Sat in a corner,
Eating his Christmas Pie
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum.
And said, "What a good boy am I"


Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet,
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


Little Nancy Etticoat

Little Nancy Etticoat,
In a white petticoat,
And a red rose.
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.

The answer to this riddle is "a candle".


Little Poll Parrot

Little Poll Parrot
Sat in his garret
Eating toast and tea;
A little brown mouse
Jumped into the house,
And stole it all away.


Little Polly Flinders

Little Polly Flinders
Sat among the cinders,
Warming her pretty little toes.
Her Mother came and caught her,
And whipped her little daughter,
For spoiling her nice new clothes.


Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a rail.
Niddle, naddle went his head;
Wiggle, waggle went his tail.

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went pussy cat, and down went he!
Down came pussy, and away Robin ran;
Says little Robin Redbreast, "Catch me if you can!"

Little Robin Redbreast jumped upon a wall,
Pussy cat jumped after him, and almost got a fall!
Little Robin chirped and sang, and what did pussy say?
Pussy cat said, "Mew," and Robin jumped away.


Little Tommy Tittlemouse

Little Tommy Tittlemouse,
Lived in a little house.
He caught fishes,
In other men's ditches.


London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, Falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Take a key and lock her up,
Lock her up, Lock her up.
Take a key and lock her up,
My fair lady.

How will we build it up,
Build it up, Build it up?
How will we build it up,
My fair lady?

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, Silver and gold.
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Gold and silver have I none,
Have I none, have I none.
Gold and silver have I none,
My fair lady.

Build it up with needles and pins,
Needles and pins, Needles and pins.
Build it up with needles and pins,
My fair lady.

Pins and needles bend and break,
Bend and break, Bend and break.
Pins and needles bend and break,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, Wood and clay.
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, Wash away.
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with stone so strong,
Stone so strong, Stone so strong.
Build it up with stone so strong,
My fair lady.

Stone so strong will last so long,
Last so long, Last so long.
Stone so strong will last so long,
My fair lady.


Lucy Locket

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it.
Not a penny was there in it,
Just a ribbon round it.


Mabel, Mabel

Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
Just as fast as you are able.
Don't forget the salt, sugar, vinegar, mustard,
red-hot pepper!


Mademoiselle Went Down to the Well

Mademoiselle
Went down to the well,
Combed her hair,
And brushed it well,
Then picked up her basket and
Vanished!


Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.


Mary, Mary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells
And little maids all in a row.


Monday's Child

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 must work for a living,
But the child that's born on the Sabbath day
Is fair and wise and good and gay.


Mother, May I Go Out to Swim?

"Mother, may I go out to swim?"
"Yes, my darling daughter.
Fold your clothes up neat and trim,
But don't go near the water."-


My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea.
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Please bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back,
Bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back,
Bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed.
Last night as I lay on my pillow,
I dreamt that my Bonnie was dead.

Bring back,
Bring back?...


My Little Baby

My little baby, little boy blue,
Is as sweet as sugar and cinammon too;
Isn't this precious darling of ours
Sweeter than dates and cinammon flowers?

Traditional Chinese nursery rhyme


My Mother Said

My mother said
I never should play
With the gypsies in the woods.
If I did
She would say
Naughty girl to disobey.


Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?

Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Dear, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the fair.

He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons;
He promised to buy me some bonny blue ribbons;
He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons,
To bind up my bonny brown hair.

And it's, oh! Dear! What can the matter be?
Dear, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the fair.


Old King Cole

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old sole was he.
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Now every fiddler had a very fine fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
Fiddle, diddle, dee, fiddle dee
went the fiddler.
Fiddle, diddle, dee, diddle dee?


Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.


Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard.
To fetch her poor doggie a bone;
But when she got there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor doggie had none.

She took him a clean dish
To get him some tripe;
But when she came back,
He was smoking a pipe.

She went to the grocer's
To buy him some fruit,
But when she came back,
He was playing the flute.

She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread;
But when she came back,
The poor dog was dead.

She went to the undertaker's
To buy him a coffin;
But when she came back'
The poor dog was laughing.

She went to the Hatter's
To buy him a hat;
But when she came back,
He was feeding the cat.

The dame made a curtsey,
The dog made a bow;
The dame said "Your servant"
The dog said, "Bow wow!"


One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret
Never to be told.


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?


One, two, three A-larry,

One, two, three A-larry,
My first name is Mary.
Don't you think that I look cute?
In my brother's bathing suit?


One, Two, Three, Four, Five

One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right.


Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the river and through the woods
To Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow, O!

Over the river and through the woods
Oh, how the wind does blow.
It stings the nose
And bites the toes
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the woods
Trot fast my dapple gray.
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound
On this Thanksgiving Day, Hey!

Over the river and through the woods
Now Grandmother's face I spy.
Hurrah for the fun,
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie.


Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Bakers Man

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it,
And mark it with B.
Put it in the oven,
For baby and me.


Pease Porridge Hot

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.


Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater,

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but could not keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.


Polly, Put the Kettle on

Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
We'll all have tea.

Suky, take it off again,
Suky, take it off again,
Suky, take it off again,
They've all gone away.


Pop! Goes the Weasel

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.

Up and down the City Road,
In and out of the Eagle,
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.

Half a pound of tuppenney rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! goes the weasel.


Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, rain go away;
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play,
Rain, rain go away.


Ride a Cock Horse

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady, upon a white horse.
With bells on her fingers,
And rings on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.


Robert Rowley Rolled a Round Roll 'Round

"Mother Goose"

Robert Rowley rolled a round roll 'round;
A round roll Robert Rowley rolled 'round;
If Robert Rowley rolled a round roll 'round,
Where rolled the round roll Robert Rowley rolled round?


Rock-a-Bye-Baby

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all


Rub-a-dub-dub

Rub-a-dub-dub
Three men in a tub;
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker,
Turn them out Knaves all three.


Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pie-man,
Going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the pie-man,
"Let me taste your ware".

Said the pie-man to Simple Simon,
"Show me first your penny".
Said Simple Simon to the pie-man.
"Indeed I have not any".


The Fly has Married the Bumblebee

Fiddle dee dee, fiddle dee dee,
The fly has married the bumblebee.
They went to the church,
And married was she.
The fly has married the bumblebee.


The Hart, the Hare

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.


The House that Jack Built

This is 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 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.


The Lion and the Unicorn

The Lion and the Unicorn
Were fighting for the crown;
The Lion beat the Unicorn
All about the town.

Some gave them white bread
And some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake
And drummed them out of town!


The Little Turtle Dove

High in the pine tree,
The little turtle dove
Made a little nursery
To please her little love.
"Coo," said the turtle dove,
"Coo," said she;
In the long, shady branches
Of the dark pine tree.


The Man in the Moon

The man in the moon
Looked out of the moon
And this is what he said,
"Tis time that, now I'm getting up,
All babies went to bed."


The North Wind

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 Who Lived in a Shoe

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 spanked them all soundly,
And put them to bed.


The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts,
She made some tarts,
All on a summers day.
The Knave of Hearts,
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.


There Was a Crooked Man

There was a crooked man,
And he walked a crooked a mile.
He found a crooked sixpence,
Upon a crooked style.

He bought a crooked cat
Which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together
In a little crooked house.


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.

So she she gave them some broth,
Without any bread.
And whipped them all soundly,
And sent them to bed.


There Was An Old Woman Tossed Up In A Basket

"Mother Goose"

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
Nineteen times as high as the moon;
Where she was going I couldn't but ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.

"Old woman, old woman, old woman," quoth I,
"O whither, O whither, O whither, so high?"
"To brush the cobwebs off the sky!"
"Shall I go with thee?" "Aye, by and by."


There Were Three Jovial Huntsmen

"Mother Goose"

There were three jovial huntsmen,
As I have heard them say,
And they would go a-hunting
All on a summer's day.

All the day they hunted,
And nothing could they find
But a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing with the wind.

One said it was a ship,
The other he said nay;
The third said it was a house
With the chimney blown away.

And all the night they hunted,
And nothing could they find
But the moon a-gliding,
A-gliding with the wind.

One said it was the moon,
The other he said nay;
The third said it was a cheese,
And half o't cut away.


There's a Big Eyed Owl

There's a Big Eyed Owl,
With a pointed nose.
Two pointed ears and claws for his toes.
He sits in the tree,
And he looks at you.
He flaps his wings,
And says TOOWIT-TOOWOOOOOO

The inspiration for the name of this website!


This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to the market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy cried "Wee, wee, wee, wee!"
All the way home.

For each 'piggy', hold each of a young child's toe in turn, starting with the big one. A great rhyme to tell while cutting little toenails!


This Old Man

This old man, he played one,
He played knick knack with his thumb,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick knack with my shoe,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three,
He played knick knack on my knee,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four,
He played knick knack at my door,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five,
He played knick knack, jazz and jive,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six,
He played knick knack with his sticks,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick knack with his pen,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick knack on my gate,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine,
He played knick knack, rise and shine,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten,
He played knick knack in my den,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eleven,
He played knick knack up in heaven,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played twelve,
He played knick knack, dig and delve,
With a
Knick, knack, paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone;
This old man came rolling home.


Three Children Sliding on the Ice

"Mother Goose"

Three children sliding on the ice
Upon a summer's day,
As it fell out, they all fell in,
The rest they ran away.

Now had these children been at home,
Or sliding on dry ground,
Ten thousand pounds to one penny
They had not all been drowned.

You parents all that children have,
And you that have got none,
If you would have them safe abroad,
Pray keep them safe at home.


To Market, to Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggetty jig.

To market, to market to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggetty jog.

To market, to market to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.


Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

Tom, Tom the Piper's son,
Stole a pig and away did run.
The pig was eat,
And Tom was beat,
And Tom went rolling down the street.


Up, Little Baby, Stand Up Clear

"Mother Goose"

Up, little baby, stand up clear;
Mother will hold you, do not fear;
Dimple and smile, and chuckle and crow!
There, little baby, now you know!


Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gone.
Rapping on the windows,
Crying through the locks.
"Are all the children fast asleep, it's past eight o'clock"


When the Boat Comes in

Dance to your Daddy,
My little babby,
Dance to your Daddy,
My little lamb.
You shall have a fishy
In a little dishy,
You shall have a fishy
When the boat comes in