An Alphabet of Old Friends

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Excerpt A carrion crow sat on an oak,Watching a tailor shape his cloak."Wife, bring me my old bent bow,That I may shoot yon carrion crow."The tailor he shot and missed his mark,And shot his own sow quite through the heart."Wife, wife, bring brandy in a spoon,For our old sow is in a swoon." B Ba, ba, black sheep,  Have you any wool?Yes, marry, have I,  Three bags full.One for my master,  One for my dame,But none for the little boy  That cries in the lane. C Hen.  Cock, cock, I have la-a-ayed!Cock. Hen, hen, that's well sa-a-ayed!Hen.  Although I have to go bare-footed every day-a-ay!Cock. (Con spirito.) Sell your eggs and buy shoes!                                 Sell your eggs and buy shoes! D Dickery, dickery, dock,The mouse ran up the clock.  The clock struck one,  Down the mouse ran,Dickery, dickery, dock.   E Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess,They all went together to seek a bird's nestThey found a bird's nest with five eggs in;They all took one, and left four in. F Father, father, I've come to confess.O, yes, dear daughter, what have you done? G Gang and hear the owl yell,Sit and see the swallow flee,See the foal before its mither's e'e,'Twill be a thriving year wi' thee. H Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree-top;When the wind blows the cradle will rock;When the wind ceases the cradle will fall,And down will come baby and cradle and all.   I I had a little husband  No bigger than my thumb;I put him in a pint pot,  And there I bade him drum.I bought a little horse  That galloped up and down;I bridled him, and saddled him,  And sent him out of town.I gave him a pair of garters,  To tie up his little hose,And a little silk handkerchief,  To wipe his little nose. J Jack Sprat would eat no fat,His wife would eat no lean;Was not that a pretty trickTo make the platter clean? K King Cole was a merry old soul,  And a merry old soul was he.He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,  And he called for his fiddlers three  Every fiddler had a fiddle,  And a very fine fiddle had he;Twee, tweedle dee, tweedle dee, went the fiddlers.  Oh, there's none so rare  As can compareWith King Cole and his fiddlers three! L Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep,  And can't tell where to find them.Let them alone and they'll come home,  And bring their tails behind them, &c. M   Mistress Mary,  Quite contrary,How does your garden grow?  With silver bells,  And cockle shells.And cowslips all of a-row.     N Needles and pins, needles and pins,When a man marries his trouble begins. O Once I saw a little bird,  Come hop, hop, hop;So I cried, "Little bird,  Will you stop, stop, stop?"And was going to the window,  To say, "How do you do?"When he shook his little tail,  And far away he flew. P Pease-pudding hot, pease-pudding cold;Pease-pudding in the pot, nine days old. Q Queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey. R Ride a-cock horse to Banbury Cross,To see an old woman get up on her horse;Rings on her fingers and bells at her toes,And so she makes music wherever she goes.   S Simple Simon met a pieman,  Going to the fair;Says Simple Simon to the pieman,  "Let me taste your ware!" T Taffy was a Welshman,  Taffy was a thief,Taffy came to my house,  And stole a leg of beef....
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