Its fleece was white as snow ; And everywhere that Mary went. The lamb was sure to go.
And made the children laugh and play. To see a lamb at school.
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These verses were founded, it appears, on an actual circumstance, and the heroine Mary may be still living. Less than eighty years ago she was a little girl, the daughter of a farmer in Worcester County, Massachu- setts, U. One spring her father brought a feeble lamb into the house, and Mary adopted it as her especial pet. It became so fond of her that it would follow her everywhere. One day it followed her to the village school, and, not knowing well what to do with it there, the girl put it under her desk and covered it over with her shawl.
There it stayed until Mary was called up with her class to the teacher's desk to say her lesson ; but then the lamb went quietly after her, and the whole school burst out laughing. Soon after, John Rollstone, a fellow-student with Mary, wrote a little rhyme com- memorating the incident, and the verses went rapidly from lip to lip, giving the greatest delight to all. Some years after, Mrs. Sarah Hall composed additional verses to those of John Rollstone, making the complete rhyme as we know it.
So the stocking was unravelled, and the yarn cut into short pieces. As if he said, " I'm not afraid, You'll shield me from all harm. And Sandy on a soo.
When the pie was opened The birds began to stng ; And wasna that a dainty dish To set before the King? The King was in his counting-house Counting out his money. The Queen was in the parlour Eating bread and honey, The maid was in the garden Hanging out the clothes, When by came a blackbird And snapped afF her nose. For such supreme nonsense no historical origin need be sought, surely. Yet part of the latter has been at least applied to a historical personage in a way that is worth recalling.
To set before a king.
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And among the very earliest practised is the following. Then, to keep up the diversion, may follow in the same manner : — Twa little doggies gaed to the mill.
This way and that way, and this way and that way ; They took a lick out o' this wife's poke. And a lick they took out o' that wife's poke, And a loup in the lade, and a dip in the dam, And hame they cam' wallopin', wallopin', wallopin', etc. When the nights turn short.
And the days turn lang, ril toddle and gang, toddle and gang. Should more active entertainment be demanded, the child will be set bold upright on one knee, and, suiting the action to the line, the rhyme will be : — This is the way the ladies ride. Jimp and sma', jimp and sma' ; This is the way the gentlemen ride. Trotting a', trotting a' ; This is the way the cadgers ride. Creels and a'! For variety's sake, on an easier swing, may follow : — A' the nicht owre and owre.
And a' the nicht owre again ; A' the nicht owre and owre The peacock followed the hen. The hen's a hungry beast. The cock is hollow within ; But there's nae deceit in a puddin', A pie's a dainty thing. A' the nicht owre and owre. Or, yet more to engage the intellect may come : — Poussie, poussie, baudrons, Whaur ha'e ye been? Eve been to London Seeing the Queen. What gat ye there? I gat a good fat mousikie, Rinning up a stair.
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What did ye wi't? I put it in my meal-poke To eat it wi' my bread. To row the baby buntin' in. Fa' dang her in, man? Jean and Sandy Din, man. Fa' took her out, man? Me and Willie Cout, man. Again : — Eezy ozy moolin's o' bread, Kens na whaur to lay her head, Atween the Kirkgate and the Cross There stands a bonnie white horse, It can gallop, it can trot. It can carry the mustard-pot. And yet again : — Willie Warstle, auld Carle, Dottered, dune, and doited bodie. Feeds his weans on calfs' lugs, Sowps o' brose, and draps o' crowdie.
In Arbroath and district, mothers, indicating the various parts of the child's anatomy as they proceed, sing :— Brow o' knowledge.www.blueberrybearbooks.com/wp-content/kendall/fylu-rocky-mountain-chocolate.php
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Eye o' life. Scent bottle. Cheek cherry. Neck o' grace. Chin o' pluck — That's your face. Shoulder o' mutton. Breast o' fat. Vinegar-bottle, Mustard-pot — That's my laddie. Can ye gird my coggie? Couthie Carline, that I can. As weel as ony bodie. There's ane about the mou' o't. And ane about the body o't. And ane about the leggen o't. And that's a girded coggie! The next is lilted as an accompaniment to a pretended game of thumj s : — Bontin's man To the town ran ; He coffed and sold.
And a penny down told ; The kirk was ane, and the choir was twa. And a great muckle thump doon aboon a', Doon aboon a', doon aboon a'. The following as Dr. While dandling the child on her knee the mother or nurse may sing : — I had a little pony, Its name was Dapple Grey : I lent it to a lady, To ride a mile away. She whipped it, she lashed it, She ca'd it owre the brae ; I winna lend my pony mair, Though a' the ladies pray.