There was a monkey climb'd up a tree, When he fell down, then down fell he. There was a crow sat on a stone When he was gone, then there was none. There was an old wife did eat an apple, When she'd ate two, she'd ate a couple. There was a horse a-going to the mill, When he went on, he stood not still. There was a butcher cut his thumb, When it did bleed, the blood did come. There was a lackey ran a race When he ran fast, he ran apace. There was a cobbler clouting shoon When they were mended. they were done. There was a chandler making candle When he them strip, he did them handle There was a navy went into Spain, When it return'd it came again.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, appears in Tom Tiddler's Ground, ed. by Walter de la Mare [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "There was a monkey", op. 7 no. 11, published 1935 [children's chorus and piano], from Friday Afternoons, no. 11. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Tom White