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And all the night they hunted,

And nothing could they find,
But the moon a-gliding,

A-gliding with the wind.

One said it was the moon;

The other, he said “Nay;"
The third said it was a cheese,

And half o't cut away.

LITTLE BROWN BETTY.

LITTLE brown Betty lived at the “Golden Can,"
Where she brewed good ale for gentlemen;
And gentlemen came every day,
Till little Brown Betty, she hopped away.

THE OLD MAN OF TOBAGO.

THERE was an old man of Tobago,
Who lived on rice gruel and sago;

Till, much to his bliss,

His physician said this :-
“To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go."

My Little MOPPET.

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WHAT AN OLD MAN DID.

THERE was an old man in a velvet coat,
He kissed a maid, and gave her a groat;
The groat was cracked, and would not go.
“Ah, old man, d'ye serve me so ?"

THE OLD MAN OF DERBY.

THERE was an old man of Derby,
And how do you think he served me?
He took away my bread and cheese,
And that is how he served me.

MY LITTLE MOPPET.

I HAD a little moppet,
I put it in my pocket,

And fed it with corn and hay ;
There came a proud beggar,
And swore he would have her,

And stole my little moppet away.

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Now had these children been at home, Or sliding on dry ground, Ten thousand pounds to one penny,

They had not all been drowned.
You, parents, that have children dear,

And eke you, that have none,
If you will have them safe abroad,

Pray keep them safe at home.

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She took a clean dish,

To buy him some tripe ; And when she came back,

He was smoking his pipe.
She went to the fishmonger's,

To get him some fish;
And when she came back,

He was licking the dish.
She went to the ale-house,

To get him some beer;
And when she came back,

The dog sat in a chair.
She went to the tavern,

For white wine and red;
And when she came back,

The dog stood on his head.
She went to the hatter's,

To get him a hat;
And when she came back,

He was feeding the cat.
She went to the barber's,

To get him a wig;
And when she came back,

He was dancing a jig.

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