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The Nursery Rhymes of England   By: (1820-1889)

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THE NURSERY RHYMES OF ENGLAND.

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THE NURSERY RHYMES OF ENGLAND:

Collected by

JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL.

THE NURSERY RHYMES

OF

ENGLAND.

BY JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY W. B. SCOTT.

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LONDON AND NEW YORK: FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.

1886.

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PREFACE

TO THE

FIFTH EDITION.

The great encouragement which has been given by the public to the previous editions of this little work, satisfactorily proves that, notwithstanding the extension of serious education to all but the very earliest periods of life, there still exists an undying love for the popular remnants of the ancient Scandinavian nursery literature. The infants and children of the nineteenth century have not, then, deserted the rhymes chanted so many ages since by the mothers of the North. This is a "great nursery fact" a proof that there is contained in some of these traditional nonsense rhymes a meaning and a romance, possibly intelligible only to very young minds, that exercise an influence on the fancy of children. It is obvious there must exist something of this kind; for no modern compositions are found to supply altogether the place of the ancient doggerel.

The nursery rhyme is the novel and light reading of the infant scholar. It occupies, with respect to the A B C, the position of a romance which relieves the mind from the cares of a riper age. The absurdity and frivolity of a rhyme may naturally be its chief attractions to the very young; and there will be something lost from the imagination of that child, whose parents insist so much on matters of fact, that the "cow" must be made, in compliance with the rules of their educational code, to jump " under " instead of " over the moon;" while of course the little dog must be considered as "barking," not "laughing" at the circumstance.

These, or any such objections, for it seems there are others of about equal weight, are, it appears to me, more silly than the worst nursery rhyme the little readers will meet with in the following pages. I am quite willing to leave the question to their decision, feeling assured the catering for them has not been in vain, and that these cullings from the high ways and bye ways they have been collected from nearly every county in England will be to them real flowers, soothing the misery of many an hour of infantine adversity.

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NURSERY RHYMES.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

FIRST CLASS HISTORICAL 1

SECOND CLASS LITERAL 14

THIRD CLASS TALES 22

FOURTH CLASS PROVERBS 68

FIFTH CLASS SCHOLASTIC 76

SIXTH CLASS SONGS 82

SEVENTH CLASS RIDDLES 119

EIGHTH CLASS CHARMS 135

NINTH CLASS GAFFERS AND GAMMERS 141

TENTH CLASS GAMES 154

ELEVENTH CLASS PARADOXES 196

TWELFTH CLASS LULLABIES 205

THIRTEENTH CLASS JINGLES 213

FOURTEENTH CLASS LOVE AND MATRIMONY 224

FIFTEENTH CLASS NATURAL HISTORY 251

SIXTEENTH CLASS ACCUMULATIVE STORIES 282

SEVENTEENTH CLASS LOCAL 299

EIGHTEENTH CLASS RELICS 303

INDEX 317

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FIRST CLASS HISTORICAL.

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