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Since this little work was first projected, and partly executed, several collections of a similar kind have appeared; and it is possible that had any of these been of such a description as materially to interfere with its plan, the intention of bringing it out might have been abandoned. So far, however, as the character of the recent collections of Nursery Rhymes as illustrated works is concerned, the merits of the present volume, whatever they may be in that respect, have not been anticipated; and as it was conceived that, with regard to the Rhymes themselves, something yet remained to be accomplished in the way of judicious selection as well as of emendation, the ground seemed to be still so far unoccupied as at least to justify the pretensions of the present compilation to be regarded as a novelty, and as having claims which were not possessed by previous publications of a like kind. It may be added, besides, that the delay which, owing to unforeseen circumstances, has occurred in the preparation of the work, has tended to give it the advantage of now having, to a great extent, an open field to itself. It is hoped, therefore, that this addition to the stock of our nursery-literature will not be deemed an unnecessary or undesirable one.
The care bestowed on the compilation of the volume has, in particular, had reference to the exclusion of such Rhymes as, morally speaking, are of questionable tendency; and this with the view of giving to the collection that merely playful, droll, and innocent character which, considering its purpose, it undoubtedly ought to possess.
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89. A cat came fiddling out of a barn 51. A farmer went trotting upon his gray mare 54. A frog he would a wooing go 6. All of a row 5. As I was going to Derby all on a market-day 88. As I was going to St. Ives 87. As I went through the garden-gap 79. At reck’ning let's play 40. A was an angler 53. A was an apple-pie 78. Bah, bah, black sheep 127. Bat, bat, come under my hat 41. Blow, wind, blow! and go, mill, go! 84. Bow wow, says the dog 162. Brow, brow, brinkie 28. Bye, baby bunting
66 89 36
16. Cock crows in the morn 165. Cock-a-doodle-doo! 25. Come hither, little puppy dog 91. Come, my children, come away 142. Come, good Mr. Watts
8. Come hither, sweet Robin 153. Cross Patch, draw the latch
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158. Daffy-down-dilly has come up to town
125. Feedum, fiddledum fee
52. Gay go up
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161. Handy Spandy, Jack-a-dandy
13. How many days has my darling to play?
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73. If I'd as much money as I could spend