An Essay on the Archaeology of Our Popular Phrases, and Nursery Rhymes, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Company, 1837 - English language

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Page 268 - Rockabye Baby, on the tree top, When the wind blows the cradle will rock, When the bough breaks the cradle will fall, Down will come baby, cradle and all.
Page 273 - Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn, The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Page 270 - There was an old woman, and what do you think? She lived upon nothing but victuals and drink; Victuals and drink were the whole of her diet, And yet this old woman would never be quiet.
Page 264 - JACK and Jill went up the hill, To fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after.
Page 201 - Well, say I am. Why should proud summer boast Before the birds have any cause to sing? Why should I joy in an abortive birth ? At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows, But like of each thing that in season grows.
Page 268 - GIRLS and boys, come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day; Leave your supper, and leave your sleep, And come with your playfellows into the street. Come with a whoop, come with a call, Come with a good will or not at all.
Page 279 - TAFFY WAS A WELSHMAN Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy came to my house, and stole a piece of beef.
Page 274 - Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye; Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.
Page 244 - Pasquinades, elicited by the soreness felt by the population at the intrusion of a foreign and onerous church-sway, bringing with it a ministry, to which a goaded people imputed fraud and exaction.
Page 277 - There was a man in our town, and he was wondrous wise; He jumped into a bramble bush and scratched out both his eyes; And when he saw his eyes were out, with all his might and main, He jumped into another bush and scratched them in again.

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