I met mister Rusticap;
Pins and needles on his back,
A going to Thorney fair.
FORMED long ago, yet made to day,|
Employed while others sleep ;
What few would like to give away,
Nor any wish to keep.
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A hundred eyes, and never a nose.
Without tooth or tongue ;
If you'll give me your finger,
I'll give you my thumb.
And all the king's horses can't pull it up.
Humpty dumpty had a great fall ;
Three score men and three score more,
Cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before. *
Where shall I wander?
Up stairs, down stairs,
And in my lady's chamber ;
There I met an old man
That would not say his prayers ;
I took him by the left leg,
And threw him down stairs.
PURPLE, yellow, red, and green,|
The king cannot reach it nor the queen ;
Nor can old Noll, whose power's so great :
Tell me this riddle while I count eight.
* Sometimes the last two lines run as follows :|
"All the king's horses and all the king's men,
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LITTLE Nancy Etticoat,|
In a white petticoat,
And a red nose ;
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.
LONG legs, crooked thighs,|
Little head and no eyes.
shoe-maker makes shoes without leather,|
With all the four elements put together ?
Fire and water, earth and air,
Ev'ry customer has two pair.
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TWO legs sat upon three legs,|
With one leg in his lap ;
In comes four legs,
And runs away with one leg.
Up jumps two legs,
Catches up three legs,
Throws it after four legs,
And makes him bring back one leg.
AS I was going to sell my eggs,|
I met a man with bandy legs,
Bandy legs and crooked toes,
I tripped up his heels and he fell on his nose.
PEASE-porridge hot, pease-porridge cold,|
Pease-porridge in the pot, nine days old.
Spell me that in four letters.
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were three sisters in a hall,|
There came a knight amongst them all;
Good morrow, aunt, to the one,
Good morrow, aunt, to the other,
Good morrow, gentwoman, to the third,
If you were my aunt,
As the other two be,
I would say good morrow,
Then, aunts, all three.
CONGEAL'D water and Cain's brother,|
That was my lover's name, and no other.
Now they tramp, now they champ, now they stand still.
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AS I went through the garden gap,|
Who should I meet but Dick Red-cap !
A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat,—
If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat.
ELIZABETH, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess,|
They all went together to seek a bird's nest,
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in,
They all took one, and left four in.
I was going to St. Ives,|
I met a man with seven wives,
Every wife had seven sacks,
Every sack had seven cats,
Every cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many where [lit.] there going to St. Ives ?
SEE, see ! what shall I see ?|
A horse's head where his tail should be.
a little castle upon the sea-side,|
One half was water, the other was land ;
I open'd my little castle door, and guess what I found ;
I found a fair lady with a cup in her hand.
The cup was gold, filled with wine ;
Drink, fair lady, and thou shalt be mine.
I went up sandy hill,|
I met a sandy boy ;
I cut his throat, I sucked his blood,
And left his skin a hanging-o.
The king could not read it, no more could the queen ;
They sent for a wise man out of the East,
Who said it had horns, but was not a beast !
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a little sister, they call'd her peep, peep,|
She waded the waters deep, deep, deep,
She climbed the mountains high, high, high,
Poor little creature she wanted an eye.
pears hanging high,|
Twelve knights riding by;
Each knight took a pear,
And yet left eleven there !
MRS. TWITCHETT with one eye,|
A wondrous length of train lets fly;
As she glides through every gap,
She leaves a bit of her tail in the trap.
Charles walked and talked|
Half an hour after his head was cut off !