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

Four and Twenty tailors
    Went to kill a snail;
The best man among them
    Durst not touch her tail;
She put out her horns
    Like a little Kyloe cow. 
Run, tailors, run, or
    She’ll kill you all e’en now.

AROUND THE GREEN GRAVEL

Around the green gravel the grass grows green,
And all the pretty maids are plain to be seen;
Wash them with milk, and clothe them with silk,
And write their names with a pen and ink.

INTERY, MINTERY

Intery, mintery, cutery corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn;
Wire, brier, limber-lock,
Five geese in a flock,
Sit and sing by a spring,
O-u-t, and in again.

CAESAR’S SONG

  Bow-wow-wow! 
Whose dog art thou? 
Little Tom Tinker’s dog,
  Bow-wow-wow!

AS I WAS GOING ALONG

As I was going along, along,
A-singing a comical song, song, song,
The lane that I went was so long, long, long,
And the song that I sang was so long, long, long,
And so I went singing along.

HECTOR PROTECTOR

Hector Protector was dressed all in green;
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen. 
The Queen did not like him,
No more did the King;
So Hector Protector was sent back again.

BILLY, BILLY

“Billy, Billy, come and play,
While the sun shines bright as day.”

“Yes, my Polly, so I will,
For I love to please you still.”

“Billy, Billy, have you seen
Sam and Betsy on the green?”

“Yes, my Poll, I saw them pass,
Skipping o’er the new-mown grass.”

“Billy, Billy, come along,
And I will sing a pretty song.”

ROCK-A-BYE, BABY

Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green;
Father’s a nobleman, mother’s a queen;
And Betty’s a lady, and wears a gold ring;
And Johnny’s a drummer, and drums for the king.

THE MAN IN THE WILDERNESS

The man in the wilderness
    Asked me
How many strawberries
    Grew in the sea. 
I answered him
    As I thought good,
As many as red herrings
    Grew in the wood.

LITTLE JACK HORNER

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

THE BIRD SCARER

Away, birds, away! 
Take a little and leave a little,
And do not come again;
For if you do,
I will shoot you through,
And there will be an end of you.

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