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My father he died, but I can't tell you

how. He left me six horses to drive in my

plow.

I sold my six horses, and I bought me

a cow; I'd fain have made a fortune, but did

not know how.

I sold my cow, and I bought me a

calf; I'd fain have made a fortune, but lost

the best half.

I sold my calf, and I bought me a cat; A pretty thing she was, in my chimney

corner sat.

I sold my cat, and bought me a mouse; He carried fire in his tail, and burnt down my house.

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I saw a ship a-sailing,

A-sailing on the sea; And, oh! it was all laden

With pretty things for thee!

There were comfits in the cabin,

And apples in the hold; The sails were made of silk,

And the masts were made of gold.

The four-and-twenty sailors

That stood between the decks Were four-and-twenty white mice,

With chains about their necks.

The captain was a duck,

With a packet on his back;
And when the ship began to move,
The captain said, “ Quackl quack!”

When I was a bachelor

I lived by myself ; And all the bread and cheese I got

I put upon the shelf.

The rats and the mice

They made such a strife,
I was forced to go to

London
To buy me a wife.

The streets were so bad,

And the lanes were so narrow, I was forced to bring my wife home

In a wheelbarrow.

The wheelbarrow broke,

And my wife had a fall, Down came wheelbarrow, Little wife and all.

I had a little husband,
No bigger than my thumb;
I put him in a pint-pot,
And then I bade him drum.

I bought a little horse,
That galloped up and down;
I bridled him, and saddled him,
And sent him out of town,

I

gave him little garters, To garter up his hose, And a little pocket handkerchief, To wipe his little nose.

I LOVE

LOVE sixpence, pretty little sixpence, I love sixpence better than my life; I spent a penny of it, I spent another, And took fourpence home to my wife.

Oh, my little fourpence, pretty little

fourpence, I love fourpence better than my life; I spent a penny of it, I spent another, And I took twopence home to my wife.

Oh, my little twopence, my pretty little

twopence, I love twopence better than my life; I spent a penny of it, I spent another, And I took nothing home to my wife.

Oh, my little nothing, my pretty little

nothing, What will nothing buy for my

wife? I have nothing, I spend nothing, I love nothing better than my

wife.

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