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

There was an old man
In a velvet coat,
He kissed a maid
And gave her a groat. 
The groat it was crack’d
And would not go,—­
Ah, old man, do you serve me so?

T’OTHER LITTLE TUNE

I won’t be my father’s Jack,
  I won’t be my father’s Jill;
I will be the fiddler’s wife,
  And have music when I will. 
      T’other little tune,
      T’other little tune,
      Prithee, Love, play me
      T’other little tune.

MY KITTEN

Hey, my kitten, my kitten,
  And hey, my kitten, my deary! 
Such a sweet pet as this
  Was neither far nor neary.

IF ALL THE SEAS WERE ONE SEA

If all the seas were one sea,
What a great sea that would be! 
And if all the trees were one tree,
What a great tree that would be! 
And if all the axes were one axe,
What a great axe that would be! 
And if all the men were one man,
What a great man he would be! 
And if the great man took the great axe,
And cut down the great tree,
And let it fall into the great sea,
What a splish splash that would be!

PANCAKE DAY

Great A, little a,
This is pancake day;
Toss the ball high,
Throw the ball low,
Those that come after
May sing heigh-ho!

A PLUM PUDDING

Flour of England, fruit of Spain,
  Met together in a shower of rain;
Put in a bag tied round with a string;
  If you’ll tell me this riddle,
  I’ll give you a ring.

FOREHEAD, EYES, CHEEKS, NOSE, MOUTH, AND CHIN

Here sits the Lord Mayor,
    Here sit his two men,
Here sits the cock,
    Here sits the hen,
Here sit the little chickens,
    Here they run in. 
Chin-chopper, chin-chopper, chin chopper, chin!

TWO PIGEONS

I had two pigeons bright and gay,
They flew from me the other day. 
What was the reason they did go? 
I cannot tell, for I do not know.

A SURE TEST

If you are to be a gentleman,
    As I suppose you’ll be,
You’ll neither laugh nor smile,
    For a tickling of the knee.

LOCK AND KEY

“I am a gold lock.” 
“I am a gold key.” 
“I am a silver lock.” 
“I am a silver key.” 
“I am a brass lock.” 
“I am a brass key.” 
“I am a lead lock.” 
“I am a lead key.” 
“I am a don lock.” 
“I am a don key!”

THE LION AND THE UNICORN

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