Very British! ~ Memorable Images 22
Nursery Rhymes
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I am still constructing this page. Nursery rhymes provide strong images of Britain. Many towns have their own rhymes: St Ives, Banbury, Gloucester. Many are now considered to be very politically incorrect. I will be expanding upon this in due course.

Nursery rhymes (or as they came to be known in the United States-"Mother Goose" rhymes) are part of the oral tradition-most cannot be dated with any certainty. Like fairy tales and folk tales, many are centuries old. Most of them are anonymous although some more recently authored rhymes (such as "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Old Mother Hubbard" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" [which one critic has said is the best known four line verses in the English langauge]) for which we do know the date of publication and the author have found their way into the canon of more traditional nursery rhymes. ["Old Mother Hubbard" was written down in 1804 when a woman was urged by her brother-in-law to "go write down one of her stupid little rhymes-sold 10,000 copies.)
Some are specific to the British tradition; others such as Humpty Dumpty is known in France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and Germany. From Additional Notes on
Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes
On Saturday night I lost my wife,
And where do you think I found her?
Up in the moon, singing a tune,
And all the stars around her.


Little Tommy Tittlemouse
Lived in a little house;
He caught fishes
In other mens' ditches.

The Mother Goose Treasury (1966)

        A huge 217 page treasury of traditional nursery rhymes, many of
        which you know, many you only think you know, and many more
        you've probably never heard of. All are beautifully illustrated by
        Briggs in a myriad of sizes and shapes, and many are in colour.

Zelo Nursery rhymes

List of rhymes from Zelo provided at the foot of this page.

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The following are from Zelo Nursery rhymes

All Around the Mulberry Bush
An Apple A Day
The Ants Go Marching
As I Was Going to St. Ives
As I Went Over Lincoln Bridge
As I Went To Bonner
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Barber, Barber, Shave a Pig
Bat, Bat, Come Under My Hat
Bell Horses
Birds of a Feather
Bobby Shaftoe
Bum, Bum, Baily O!
A Cat Came Fiddling . . .
Cobbler Mend My Shoe
The Cock Doth Crow
Cold...North Wind Doth Blow
Come to the Window
Curly Locks, Curly Locks
Cut Thistles in May
Daffy Down Dilly
Dance to Your Daddy
Dickery Dickery Dare
Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling
A Diller, A Dollar
Ding, Dong, Bell
Doctor Foster
Elsie Marley's Grown So Fine
Eencey Weencey Spider
The Farmer in the Dell
Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum!
Fiddle Dee Dee
Fish Story
Five Little Pigs
Georgie Porgie
Go To Bed, Tom
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Goosey, Goosey Gander
Grandma's Spectacles
Gray Goose and Gander
Green Cheese
Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark
Hart...  Loves the High Wood
Here We Go... Mulberry Bush
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hickory Dickory Dock
Higglety, Pigglety
High in the Pine Tree
Hokey Pokey
Hot Cross Buns
The House That Jack Built
How Many Miles to Babylon?
Humpty Dumpty
Hush A Bye Baby
Hush Little Baby
I Am a Pretty Little Dutch Girl
I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell
I Don't Want to Go to Mexico
I Had a Little Nut Tree
I Love Little Pussy
I Saw a Ship a Sailing
I See the Moon
Ice Cream
Ice Cream, A Penny a Lump
If All the World Were Paper
In Marble Walls
In Spring I Look Gay
It's Raining, It's Pouring
I've Been Working... Railroad
Jack and Jill
Jack Be Nimble
Jack Sprat
Jerry Hall
John Jacob Jingle.. Schmidt
King Boggen
Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack
Ladybug! Ladybug!
The Lion and the Unicorn
Little Bo Peep
Little Boy Blue
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Little Jack Horner
Little Miss Muffet
Little Nancy Etticoat
Little Poll Parrot
Little Polly Flinders
Little Robin... (sat upon a rail)
Little Robin... (sat upon a tree)
Little Tommy Tittlemouse
London Bridge is Falling Down
The Man in the Moon
A Man in the Wilderness
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
Monday's Child
Mother May I Go Out To Swim
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
The North Wind Doth Blow
Oh Dear
Old King Cole
Old Mother Goose
Old Mother Hubbard
On Top of Old Smokey
On Top of Spaghetti
One for Sorrow
One For the Mouse
One Misty, Moisty Morning
One To Make Ready
One Two, Buckle My Shoe
Over the River
Pat-A-Cake Pat-A-Cake
Peter, Peter, Pumkin Eater
Polly, Put the Kettle On
POP! Goes the Weasel
The Queen of Hearts
Three Little Indians
Ride a Cock Horse
Riddle Me
Ring Around the Roses
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Sailing, Sailing
See, Saw, Marjorie Daw
See, Saw, Sacradown
See, See!
She'll Be Comin'... Mountain
A Shoemaker Makes Shoes
Simple Simon
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sippity Sippity Sup
Six Little Mice
Skip to My Lou
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Smiling Girls, Rosy Boys
Solomon Grundy
Star Light, Star Bright
Swan Swam Over the Sea
A Swarm of Bees in May
Taffy Was a Welshman
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Ten Little Indians
There Was A Crooked Man
There Was A Little Turtle
There Was An Old Maid...
There Was An Old Crow
There Was Woman... A Blanket
There Was..Woman.. In A Shoe
The Little Froggy
This Little Piggy
This Old Man
Three Blind Mice
Three Grey Geese
Three Little Kittens
Three Wise Men of Gotham
Three Young Rats ...
Tinker, Tailor
To Bed, To Bed
To Market, To Market
Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Upstairs, Downstairs
Vintery, Mintery...
Wee Willie Winkie
What Are Little Boys...
What Are Little Girls...
What Did I Dream?
When... A Little Tiny Boy
Where is Thumbkin?
A Wise Old Owl
X, Y and Tumbledown Z
Yankee Doodle
Zum Gali Gali Gali