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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
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 ;
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!
12. (The tune to the following may be found in the "English Dancing
Master," 1651, p. 37.]
green, Serve Queen Bess our noble queen ;
Kitty the spinner
Will sit down to dinner,
All good people
Look over the steeple,
Gunpowder treason and plot;
Should ever be forgot.
14. [Taken from MS. Douce, 357, fol. 124. See Echard's “History of
England," book iii., chap. 1.)
Richmond is another,
To please a pious brother!
(The following is partly quoted in an old song in MS. Ashmole, 36,
As I was going by Charing Cross,
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,
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!
I wonder how they could do so!
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?
21. (The following nursery song alludes to William III. and George,
Prince of Denmark.]