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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 48 pages of information about The Real Mother Goose.

BURNIE BEE

Burnie bee, burnie bee,
Tell me when your wedding be? 
If it be to-morrow day,
Take your wings and fly away.

THREE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM

Three wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
If the bowl had been stronger
My song had been longer.

THE HUNTER OF REIGATE

A man went a-hunting at Reigate,
And wished to leap over a high gate. 
  Says the owner, “Go round,
  With your gun and your hound,
For you never shall leap over my gate.”

LITTLE POLLY FLINDERS

Little Polly Flinders
Sat among the cinders
    Warming her pretty little toes;
Her mother came and caught her,
Whipped her little daughter
    For spoiling her nice new clothes.

RIDE AWAY, RIDE AWAY

Ride away, ride away,
  Johnny shall ride,
And he shall have pussy-cat
  Tied to one side;
And he shall have little dog
  Tied to the other,
And Johnny shall ride
  To see his grandmother.

PIPPEN HILL

As I was going up Pippen Hill,
    Pippen Hill was dirty;
There I met a pretty Miss,
    And she dropped me a curtsy.

Little Miss, pretty Miss,
    Blessings light upon you;
If I had half-a-crown a day,
    I’d spend it all upon you.

PUSSY-CAT AND QUEEN

“Pussy-cat, pussy-cat,
    Where have you been?”
“I’ve been to London
    To look at the Queen.”

“Pussy-cat, pussy-cat,
    What did you there?”
“I frightened a little mouse
    Under the chair.”

THE WINDS

Mister East gave a feast;
Mister North laid the cloth;
Mister West did his best;
Mister South burnt his mouth
Eating cold potato.

CLAP HANDIES

    Clap, clap handies,
Mammie’s wee, wee ain;
    Clap, clap handies,
Daddie’s comin’ hame,
Hame till his bonny wee bit laddie;
    Clap, clap handies,
    My wee, wee ain.

CHRISTMAS

Christmas comes but once a year,
And when it comes it brings good cheer.

ELIZABETH

Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird’s nest;
They found a bird’s nest with five eggs in,
They all took one, and left four in.

JUST LIKE ME

“I went up one pair of stairs.” 
    “Just like me.”

“I went up two pairs of stairs.” 
    “Just like me.”

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