Nine grenadiers, with bayonets in their guns; Nine bakers' baskets, with hot cross buns; Nine brown elephants standing in a row; Nine new velocipedes, good ones to go; Nine knickerbocker suits, with buttons all complete; Nine pairs of skates with straps for the feet; Nine clever conjurors eating hot coals; Nine sturdy mountaineers leaping on their poles; Nine little drummer-boys beating on their drums; Nine fat aldermen sitting on their thumbs; Nine new knockers to our front door; Nine new neighbours that I never saw before; Nine times running I dreamt it all plain; With bread and cheese for supper I could dream it all again!
- by William Brighty Rands (1823 - 1882) [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 György Ligeti (1923 - 2006), "The Dream of a Boy who Lived at Nine Elms", 1988-1993, from Nonsense Madrigals, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
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