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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;
THE SIMPLE STORY
Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair ;
“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;
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;
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."