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A History of Nursery Rhymes by Percy B. Green

And stole my little moppet away


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"Tommy Trot, a man of law, Sold his bed and lay on straw, Sold the straw and slept on grass To buy his wife a looking-glass."

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"Goosey, goosey, gander, Whither shall I wander, Upstairs, downstairs, In my lady's chamber?"

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"Dilly, dilly, dilly, dilly, Come here and be killed."

A nursery-tale rhyme of Henry VIII.'s time:--

"The white dove sat on the castell wall, I bend my bow and shoote her I shall; I put hir in my cloue, both fethers and all; I layd my bridle on the shelfe. If you will any more sing it yourself."

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"This little pig went to market, This one stayed at home, This one had a sugar-stick, This one had none, And this one cried out wee, wee, wee, I'll tell my mother when I get home."

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"Little Bo Peep she lost her sheep, And could not tell where to find them; Let them alone and they'll come home, Carrying their tails behind them."

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"See-saw, Margery Daw, sold her bed and lay in the straw; Was not she a dirty slut to sell her bed and lie in the dirt?"

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"Four-and-twenty tailors went to kill a snail, The best man among them dare 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."

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"I had a little moppet, I put it in my pocket, And fed it on corn and hay, There came a proud beggar And swore he would wed her, and stole my little moppet away."

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"Hub-a-dub dub, Three men in a tub, The butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker, They all jumped out of a rotten potato."

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"Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John Went to bed with his stockings on; One shoe off, one shoe on, Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John."

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"Jack and Jyll went up the hill To fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jyll came tumbling after."

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


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