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“How shall we get him home? says Robin to Bobbin;
How shall we get him home? says Richard to Robin ;
How shall we get him home? says Jack o'th' land;
How shall we get him home ? says every one.
“We'll borrow a cart, says Robin to Bobbin ;
We'll borrow a cart, says Richard to Robin ;
We'll borrow a cart, says Jack o'th' land;
We'll borrow a cart, says every one.
“How shall we boil him ? says Robin to Bobbin ;
How shall we boil him ? says Richard to Robin;
How shall we boil him? says Jack o'th' land ;
How shall we boil him ? says every one.
“In the brewery pan, says Robin to Bobbin ;
In the brewery pan, says Richard to Robin ;
In the brewery pan, says Jack o'th' land ;
In the brewery pan, says every one."
In the copy which was given to me, there were two additional stanzas, beginning respectively, “ How shall we eat him?" and, “With knives and forks :" but these are probably modern interpolations.
P. 149, No. 297. There is another couplet on this sovereign, which runs thus,
“ THOMAS a Didymus had a black beard,
Kiss'd Nancy Fitchett, and made her afeard.”
P. 149, No. 282. Bobby Shaft. This ought to be, “Bobby Shaftoe," a member of a celebrated family at the end of the seventeenth century.
P. 151, 1. 17. Of all the gay birds. These four lines are part of an old song, the whole of which may be found in “Deuteromelia,” 4to. Lond. 1609, and it is singular that it should have come down to us from oral tradition. This ver
sion was obtained from Lincolnshire. The following copy is taken from the work here quoted : but there are considerable variations in later copies, some of which may be more correct.
“Of all the birds that ever I see,
The owle is the fayrest in her degree:
For all the day long she sits in a tree,
And when the night comes, away flies she !
Te whit, te whow !
Sir knave to thou,
This song is well sung, I make you a vow,
And he is a knave that drinketh now.
Nose, nose, nose, nose !
And who gave you that jolly red nose ?
Sinamont, and ginger, nutmegs and cloves,--
And that gave me my jolly red nose !"
A, B, C, tumble down dee
A carrion crow sat on an oak
A cat came fiddling out of a barn -
A diller, a doller -
A duck and a drake
A kid, a kid, my father bought
A little old man and I fell out
A man of words and not of deeds.
A riddle, a riddle, as I suppose
A semptress that sews
A swarm of bees in May .
All hail to the moon! All hail to thee
Around the green gravel the grass grows green
As I go ring by ring
As I was going to St. Ives -
As I was going to sell my eggs .
As I was going up Pippen-hill
As I was walking o'er little Moorfields
As I went over Lincoln Bridge
As I went through the garden gap
As round as an apple, as deep as a cup
As Tommy Snooks, and Bessy Brooks
Awa', birds, away . .
Barber, barber, shave a pig
Bat, bat .
Bessy Bell and Mary Gray
Bobby Shaft is gone to sea -
Buff says Buff to all his men
Buz, quoth the blue fly .
Bye, baby bunting - .
Bye, O my baby.
Catskin, the story of
CHARMS . .
Cock a doodle doo .
Come, all ye brisk young bachelors
Come, butter, come
Come dance a jig - .
Cry, baby, cry .
Cripple Dick upon a stick -
Cuckoo, cherry tree -
Curly locks, curly locks, wilt thou be mine?
Dance, Bumpkin, dance
Dance, little baby, dance up high.
Deedle, deedle, dumpling, my son John .
Dibbity, dibbity, dibbity, doe - .
Dick and Tom, Will and John ..
Did you not hear of Betty Pringle's pig? .
Ding, dong, bell .
Ding, dong, darrow-
Dingle, dingle, doosey .
Dingty diddlety .
Dr. Faustus was a good man
Donkey walks on four legs
Doodledy, doodledy, doodledy, dan
Draw a pail of water .
Driddlety drum, driddlety drum .
Eggs, butter, cheese, bread
Eleven comets in the sky. .
Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess
Father, O father, I'm come to confess
Feedum, fiddledum fee . .
Fiddle-de-dee, fiddle de-dee .
Five score of men, money, and pins
Formed long ago, yet made to-day -
Four-and-twenty tailors went to kill a snail
Gay go up and gay go down
Giles Collins he said to his old mother
Gilly Silly Jarter -
Girls and boys, come out to play
Good horses, bad horses -
Good morning, father Francis
Goosy goosy gander
Great A, little a -
Green cheeses, yellow laces
Heigh, ho! Heigh, ho!
Here am I, little jumping Joan
Here comes a poor woman from baby-land
Here comes I
Here we come a piping •
Herrings, herrings, white and red -
Hey ding a ding, what shall I sing?
Hey dorolot, dorolot
Hickory, dickory, dock .
Hje! diddle diddle-
Highty cock 0! .
Highty, tighty, paradighty clothed in green
How many miles is it to Babylon? -
Hub a dub dub . .
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall .
Hush a bye a ba lamb .
Hush a bye, baby, on the tree top -
Hush thee, my babby -
Hushy baby, my doll, I pray you don't cry
I am a pretty wench
I can make diet bread
I had a little castle upon the sea-side
I had a little dog, and his name was Blue Bell
I had a little hobby.horse and it was well shod
I had a little husband .
I had a little moppet
I had a little pony ·
I had a little sister, they call'd her peep, peep
I'll sing you a song
I'll tell you a story - -
I love sixpence, pretty little sixpence ..
I see the moon, and the moon sees me
I went to the toad that lies under the wall -
I won't be my father's Jack
If all the seas were one sea
Intery, mintery, cutery-corn
Jack Sprat could eat no fat
Jim and George were two great lords
JINGLES . . .
John Ball shot them all
John Cook had a little grey mare-
Lady-bird, lady bird, fly thy way home
Lazy dukes, that sit in your neuks
Leg over leg . .
Let us go to the wood, says this pig
Liar, liar, lick spit · ·
Little Blue Betty lived in a den .
Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep -
Little boy, pretty boy, where was you born ?
Little General Monk
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Little Jenny Wren fell sick upon a time-
Little John Jiggy Jag
Little Mary Ester sat upon a tester
Little Miss Mopsey
Little Nancy Etticoat
Little Tommy Tacket
Little Tommy Trigger
Long legs, crooked thighs.
Lucy Locket lost her pocket
LULLABIES - -
Mary had a pretty bird
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Miss one two and three, could never agree
Mistress Mary, quite contrary
Multiplication is vexation ..
My father he died, but I can't tell you how
My father he died, I cannot tell how
My lady Wind, my lady Wind -
N. for a word of deniance.