Nursery Rhymes #2

Following on from the reminiscences in which Roy and I indulged ourselves in respect of the nursery rhymes of our youth, I have been browsing “Poetry for Children”, which Roy loaned to me.

I was quite surprised at the number of rhymes that, whilst I remember them I have not had occasion to recall them for very many years. What follows is a selection that I have taken at random.


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’,
And take it and bake it,
For Tommy and me.

Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy,
Born on Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.

Hush-a-Bye Baby

Hush-a-bye, baby,
On the tree top,
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock;

When the bow breaks,
The cradle will fall,
Down will come baby,
Cradle and all.

Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so, betwixt them both,
They licked the platter clean.

The cat and the fiddle

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed,
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner,
Sat in a corner,
Eating a Christmas pie,
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plumb,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Goosey, Goosey, Gander

Goosey, Goosey, Gander.
Where do you wander,
Upstairs and downstairs,
And in my lady’s chamber.

There I met an old man,
Who wouldn’t say his prayers,
I took him by his left leg,
And threw him down the stairs.

Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster went to Glo’ster,
In a shower of rain,
He stepped in a middle, up to his middle,
And never went there again.

For want of a nail

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost,
For want of the shoe, the horse was lost,
For want of the horse, the rider was lost,
For want of the rider, the battle was lost.
For want of the battle, the Kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

That is probably enough for now. However, in the meantime, I was quite surprised how many nursery rhymes I have remembered over the years.

A Williamson – Keegan Production for Maltings Media.

3 thoughts on “Nursery Rhymes #2”

  1. I don’t recognise your version of Pat a Cake? As I remember.. it is
    Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, bakers man,
    Bake me a cake,as fast as you can.
    Pat it and prick it, and mark it with B
    And put it in the oven for baby and me

    We used to change the letter depending on which child we were saying it to.

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