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To the Lord Mayor he took him, and told all Tom's

art, How he made people dance with a sorrowful heart; Beggd he'd send him abroad, and there teach to

dance All the men and the women and children of France.

Says Tom, “ I am willing to go into France;
Only give me my pipe, and I'll give them a dance :"
They gave him his pipe—be began for to play,
And the Farmer and Mayor they went dancing away.





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 had got

Was in his mother's pail.

Simple Simon went to look

If plums grew on a thistle;
He prick'd his fingers very much,

Which made poor Simon whistle.

Then Simple Simon went a-hunting,

For to catch a hare; He rode on a goat about the street,

But could not find one there.

He went to catch a dicky-bird,

And thought he could not fail, Because he'd got a little salt

To put upon its tail.

Simon made a great snow-ball,

And brought it in to roast; He laid it down before the fire,

And soon the ball was lost.

And Simon he would honey eat

Out of the mustard-pot;
He bit his tongue until he cried-

That was all the good he got.

He went to ride a spotted cow,

That had got a little calf; She threw him down upon the ground,

And made all the people laugh.

He went to shoot a wild duck,

But wild duck flew away; Says Simple Simon, “ I can't hit him,

Because he will not stay."

He went for water in a sieve,

But soon it all run through; And now poor Simple Simon

Bids you all adieu.

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