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.
Father, father, I’ve come to confess.
O, yes, dear daughter, what have you done?
Gang and hear the owl yell,
Sit and see the swallow flee,
See the foal before its mither’s e’e,
‘Twill be a thriving year wi’ thee.
Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree-top;
When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
When the wind ceases the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby and cradle and all.
I had a little husband
No bigger than my thumb;
I put him in a pint pot,
And there I bade him drum.
I bought a little horse
That galloped up and down;
I bridled him, and saddled him,
And sent him out of town.
I gave him a pair of garters,
To tie up his little hose,
And a little silk handkerchief,
To wipe his little nose.
Jack Sprat would eat no fat,
His wife would eat no lean;
Was not that a pretty trick
To make the platter clean?
King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three
Every fiddler had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Twee, tweedle dee, tweedle dee, went the fiddlers.
Oh, there’s none so rare
As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three!
Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them.
Let them alone and they’ll come home,
And bring their tails behind them, &c.
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells,
And cockle shells.
And cowslips all of a-row.
Needles and pins, needles and pins,
When a man marries his trouble begins.
Once I saw a little bird,
Come hop, hop, hop;
So I cried, “Little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?”
And was going to the window,
To say, “How do you do?”
When he shook his little tail,
And far away he flew.