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Mother playing triangle to toddler in cot


     [The first line of the following is the burden of a song in the 'Tempest,' act i, sc. 2. and also of one in the 'Merchant of Venice,' act iii, sc.2.]
DING, dong, bell,
Pussy's in the well !
Who put her in ?—
Little Tommy Lin.
Who pulled her out ?—
Dog with long snout.
What a naughty boy was that
To drown poor pussy-cat,
Who never did any harm,
But kill'd the mice in his father's barn.

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HEY ding a ding, what shall I sing ?
How many holes in a skimmer ?
Four and twenty,—my stomach is empty ;
Pray, mamma, give me some dinner.

COCK a doodle doo !
My dame has lost her shoe ;
My master's lost his fiddling stick,
And don't know what to do.

Cock a doodle doo !
What is my dame to do ?
Till master finds his fiddling stick,
She'll dance without her shoe.

Cock a doodle doo !
My dame has lost her shoe,
And master's found his fiddling stick,
Sing doodle doodle doo !

Cock a doodle doo !
My dame will dance with you,
While master fiddles his fiddling stick,
For dame and doodle do.

Cock a doodle doo !
Dame has lost her shoe ;
Gone to bed and scratch'd her head,
And can't tell what do do.

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He went to sea
In an open boat ;
And while afloat
The little boat bended,
And my story's ended.

SING, sing, what shall I sing ?
The cat has eat the pudding-string !
Do, do, what shall I do ?
The cat has bit it quite in two.

     [I do not know whether the following may have reference to the game of handy-dandy, mentioned in 'King Lear,' act iv, sc.6, and in Florio's 'New World of Words,' 1611, p.57.]
HANDY SPANDY, Jack-a-dandy,
Loved plum-cake and sugar-candy ;
He bought some at a grocer's shop,
And out he came, hop, hop, hop.

TIDDLE liddle lightum,
     Pitch and tar ;
Tiddle liddle lightum,
     What's that for ?

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SING jigmijole, the pudding-bowl,
     The table and the frame ;
My master he did cudgel me
     For kissing of my dame.

DIBBITY, dibbity, dibbity, doe,
Give me a pancake
     And I'll go.
Dibbity, dibbity, dibbity, ditter,
Please to give me
     A bit of a fritter.

DEEDLE, deedle, dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his breeches on ;
One shoe off, the other shoe on,
Deedle, deedle, dumpling, my son John.

FEEDUM, fiddledum fee,
The cat's got into the tree.
     Pussy, come down,
     Or I'll crack your crown,
And toss you into the sea.

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GILLY Silly Jarter,
Who has lost a garter ?
     In a shower of rain,
The miller found it,
The miller ground it,
     And the miller gave it to Silly again.

      HUB a dub dub,
     Three men in a tub ;
And who do you think they be ?
     The butcher, the baker,
     The candlestick-maker,
Turn 'em out, knaves all three !

HYDER iddle diddle dell,
A yard of pudding's not an ell ;
Not forgetting tweeddle-dye,
A tailor's goose will never fly.

HEY diddle, dinkety, poppety, pet,
The merchants of London they wear scarlet ;
Silk in the collar, and gold in the hem,
So merrily march the merchantmen.

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FIDDLE-de-dee, fiddle-de-dee,
The fly shall marry the humble-bee.
They went to the church, and married was she,
The fly has married the humble-bee.

HEY, dorolot, dorolot !
     Hey, dorolay, dorolay !
Hey, my bonny boat, bonny boat,
     Hey, drag away, drag away !

A CAT came fiddling out of a barn,
With a pair of bag-pipes under her arm ;
She could sing nothing but fiddle cum fee,
The mouse has married the humble-bee ;
Pipe, cat,—dance, mouse,
We'll have a wedding at our good house.

     HEY ! diddle diddle,
     The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon ;
     The little dog laug'd
     To see such craft,
While the dish ran after the spoon.

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COME dance a jig
To my Granny's pig,
With a raudy, rowdy, dowdy ;
Come dance a jig
To my Granny's pig,
And pussy-cat shall crowdy.

DOODLEDY, doodledy, doodledy, dan,
I'll have a piper to be my good man ;
And if I get less meat, I shall get game,
Doodledy, doodledy, doodledy, dan.

PUSSICAT, wussicat, with a white foot,
When is your wedding ? for I'll come to't.
The beer's to brew, the bread's to bake.
Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, don't be too late.

DING, dong, darrow,
The cat and the sparrow ;
The little dog has burnt his tail,
And he shall be hang'd to-morrow.

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LITTLE Dicky Dilver
Had a wife of silver,
He took a stick and broke her back,
And sold her to the miller ;
The miller wouldn't have her,
So he threw her in the river.

TO market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
     Home again, home again, dancing a jig ;
Ride to the market to buy a fat hog,
     Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

RUMPTY-iddity, row, row, row,
If I had a good supper, I could eat it now.

     [Magotty-pie is given in MS. Lansd. 1033, fol.2, as a Wiltshire word for a magpie. See also Macbeth,' act iii, sc.4. The same term occurs in the dictionaries of Hollyband, Cotgrave, and Minsheu.]
ROUND about, round about,
My father loves good ale,
     And so do I.