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67 Needles and pins, needles and pins, When a man marries his trouble begins.
68 Old King Cole Was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, And he called for his bowl, And he called for his fiddlers three. Every fiddler, he had a fine fiddle, And a very fine fiddle had he; Twee tweedle dee, tweedle dee, went the fiddlers.
Oh, there's none so rare,
As can compare With old King Cole and his fiddlers three!
73 One, two, Buckle my shoe; Three, four, Shut the door; Five, six, Pick up sticks; Seven, eight, Lay them straight; Nine, ten, A good fat hen; Eleven, twelve, Who will delve? Thirteen, fourteen, Maids a-courting; Fifteen, sixteen, Maids a-kissing; Seventeen, eighteen, Maids a-waiting; Nineteen, twenty, My stomach's empty.
69 Once I saw a little bird
Come hop, hop, hop; So I cried, "Little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?" And was going to the window
To say, “How do you do?" But he shook his little tail,
And far away he flew.
70 One for the money,
And two for the show; Three to make ready,
And four to go.
74 Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man! So I will, master, as fast as I can: Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with T, Put it in the oven for Tommy and me.
71 One misty, moisty morning,
When cloudy was the weather, 'I chanced to meet an old man
Clothed all in leather; He began to compliment,
And I began to grin,"How do you do," and "How do you do,"
And “How do you do" again!
75 Pease-porridge hot,
Pease-porridge cold, Pease-porridge in the pot,
Nine days old; Some like it hot,
Some like it cold, Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.
“Thank you, thank you, little dog,
I'm very well just now."
76 Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, Had a wife and couldn't keep her; He put her in a pumpkin-shell, And there he kept her very well.
77 Halliwell suggests that “off a pewter plate" is
sometimes added at the end of each line. This rhyme is famous as a "tongue twister," or enunciation exercise.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled
peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper
picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled
peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers
Peter Piper picked?
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury-cross,
Pretty baby shall ride, And have a little puppy-dog tied to her
side; And one little pussy-cat tied to the other, And away she shall ride to see her grand
I wonder how they could do so!
Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
On the tree top, When the wind blows
The cradle will rock; When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall, Down will come baby,
Bough, cradle, and all.
79 Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you
been? I've been to London to see the Queen. Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under the chair.
How can she be fair?
"Pussy, are you there?
Pray tell me how do you do?"
84 Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green; Father's a nobleman, mother's a queen; And Betty's a lady, and wears a gold
ring; And Johnny's a drummer, and drums for
85 See a pin and pick it up, All the day you 'll have good luck; See a pin and let it lay, Bad luck you 'll have all the day!
And shoe the little mare,
Run bare, bare, bare.
91 The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown; The lion beat the unicorn
All round about the town. Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown, Some gave them plumcake,
And sent them out of town.
Came tumbling down,
He went by the south
And burned his mouth With supping cold pease porridge.
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Baked in a pie;
The birds began to sing;
To set before the king? The king was in his counting-house
Counting out his money; The queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey; The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes, When along came a blackbird,
And pecked off her nose. Jenny was so mad,
She didn't know what to do; She put her finger in her ear,
And cracked it right in two.
94 The Queen of Hearts she made some
tarts, All on a summer's day. The Knave of Hearts he stole those
tarts, And hid them clean away. The King of Hearts he missed those tarts,
And beat the Knave right sore,
89 Star light, star bright, First star I see to-night; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish to-night.
90 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.
95 There was a crooked man, and he went a
crooked mile, And found a crooked sixpence against a
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a Victuals and drink were the chief of her crooked mouse,
diet; And they all lived together in a little Yet this little old woman could never crooked house.
There was an old woman tossed up in a
There was an old woman, and what do
basket Nineteen times as high as the moon; Where she was going I couldn't but ask
it, For in her hand she carried a broom.
She lived upon nothing but victuals and
“Old woman, old woman, old woman,”
108 quoth I,
This little pig went to market; “O whither, O whither, O whither, so
This little pig stayed at home; high?"
3. This little pig had roast beef; "To brush the cobwebs off the sky!"
And this little pig had none; “Shall I go with thee?" "Aye, by
5. This little pig said, “Wee, wee, wee! and by."
I can't find my way home.” 105
109 There was an old woman who lived in a
Three blind mice! see, how they run! shoe, She had so many children, she didn't They all ran after the farmer's wife, know what to do.
Who cut off their tails with the carving
knife! She gave them some broth without any bread,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life? Then whipped them all soundly, and put
Three blind mice! them to bed.