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Six songs on Mother Goose rhymes

Word count: 184

by Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965)

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1. Curly-Locks


Curly-locks, Curly-locks wilt thou be mine?
Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet feed the swine;
But sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam,
And feed upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.


2. Polly put the kettle on


Polly put the kettle on, 
Polly put the kettle on, 
Polly put the kettle on, 
We'll all have tea.

Sukey take it off again, 
Sukey take it off again, 
Sukey take it off again, 
They've all gone away.


3. Three wise men


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


4. Doctor Foster went to Gloucester


Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle, up to his middle,
And never went there again.


5. Goosey


Goosey, goosey, gander,
Where shall I wander?
Upstairs, downstairs
And in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man
Who would not say his prayers;
I took him by the left leg
And threw him downstairs.


6. Tommy Trot


Tommy Trot, a man of law,
Sold his bed and lay on straw,
Sold the straw and slept on the grass,
To buy his wife a looking glass.


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