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[The following perhaps refers to Joanna of Castile, who visited the

court of Henry the Seventh, in the year 1506.] I had a little nut tree, nothing would it bear But a silver nutmeg and a golden pear; The King of Spain's daughter came to visit me, And all was because of my little nut tree. I skipp'd over water, I danced over sea, And all the birds in the air couldn't catch me.

6. [From a MS. in the old Royal Library, in the British Museum, the exact reference to which is mislaid. It is written, if I recollect rightly, in a hand of the time of Henry VIII., in an older manuscript.

We make no spare
Of John Hunkes' mare ;
And now I
Think she will die;
He thought it good,
To put her in the wood,
To seek where she might lie dry;
If the mare should chance to fail,
Then the crowns would for her sale.

7. [From MS. Sloane, 1489, fol. 19, written in the time of Charles I.] The King of France, and four thousand men, They drew their swords, and put them up again.

8. [In a tract, called “Pigges Corantoe, or Newes from the North,” 410., Lond. 1642, p. 3, this is called “Old Tarlton's Song.” It is perhaps a parody on the popular epigram of “ Jack and Jill." I do not know the period of the battle to which it appears to allude, but Tarlton died in the year 1588, so that the rhyme must be earlier.] The King of France went up the hill,

With twenty thousand men ;
The King of France came down the hill,

And ne'er went up again.

9. The King of France, with twenty thousand men, Went up the hill, and then came down again; The King of Spain, with twenty thousand more, Climb'd the same hill the French had climb’d before.

10. [Another version. The nurse sings the first line, and repeats it, time after time, until the expectant little one asks, what next? Then comes the climax.) The King of France, the King of France, with

forty thousand men, Oh, they all went up the hill, and so—came back again!

At the siege of Belle-isle,
I was there all the while,
All the while, all the while,
At the siege of Belle-isle.

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12. (The tune to the following may be found in the "English Dancing

Master," 1651, p. 37.]
The rose is red, the grass


green, Serve Queen Bess our noble queen ;

Kitty the spinner

Will sit down to dinner,
And eat the leg of a frog;

All good people

Look over the steeple,
And see the cat play with the dog.

PLEASE to remember
The fifth of November,

Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know no reason
Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

14. [Taken from MS. Douce, 357, fol. 124. See Echard's “History of

England," book iii., chap. 1.)
SEE saw, sack-a-day ;-
Monmouth is a pretty boy,

Richmond is another,
Grafton is my only joy,
And why should I these three destroy,

To please a pious brother!

OVER the water, and over the lee,
And over the water to Charley.
Charley loves good ale and wine,
And Charley loves good brandy,
And Charley loves a pretty girl,
As sweet as sugar-candy.


(The following is partly quoted in an old song in MS. Ashmole, 36,

fol. 113.)

As I was going by Charing Cross,
I saw a black man upon a black horse ;
They told me it was King Charles the First;
Oh dear! my heart was ready to burst !

17. High diddle ding, Did you hear the bells ring ? The parliament soldiers are gone to the king ! Some they did laugh, some they did cry, To see the parliament soldiers pass by.


High ding a ding, and ho ding a ding,
The parliament soldiers are gone to the king;
Some with new beavers, some with new bands,
The parliament soldiers are all to be hang'd.

19. [The following is a fragment of a song on the subject, which was introduced by Russell in the character of Jerry Sneak. Mr. Sharpe showed me a copy of the song with the music to it.]

Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
They made him a coat,
Of an old nanny goat,

I wonder how they could do so!
With a ring a ting tang,
And a ring a ting tang,

Poor old Robinson Crusoe !

20. (Written on occasion of the marriage of Mary, the daughter of James Duke of York, afterwards James II., with the young Prince of Orange. The song from which these lines are taken may be seen in The Jacobite Minstrelsy,” 12mo. 1828, Glasgow, p. 28.)

What is the rhyme for porringer?
The king he had a daughter fair,
And gave the Prince of Orange her.

21. (The following nursery song alludes to William III. and George,

Prince of Denmark.]
William and Mary, George and Anne,
Four such children had never a man :
They put their father to flight and shame,
And call’d their brother a shocking bad name.

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