Sing a song of sixpence
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;1
[Wasn't]2 that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?
The king was in his counting house,3
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And [snapped]4 off her nose. 

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1 Here Malotte adds: "Caw! Caw!"
2 Malotte: "was not"
3 Malotte adds: "one, two, three, four, (ha, ha, ha, ha!)"
4 Malotte: "pecked"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Singt das Lied vom Sixpence", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Bertram Kottmann , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2015-01-26
Line count: 16
Word count: 79