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

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The Nursery Rhymes of England by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps offers a delightful exploration of traditional English rhymes that have been cherished for generations. This comprehensive collection brings together over 500 captivating verses, presenting a captivating glimpse into the rich and vibrant world of children's poetry.

A notable feature of this anthology is its meticulous curation. The author, Halliwell-Phillipps, showcases his deep love and knowledge of nursery rhymes, carefully selecting each verse with precision. The result is a diverse assortment that spans from well-known classics to lesser-known gems. Readers will be enchanted by the familiar tunes such as "Humpty Dumpty" and "Jack and Jill," while also discovering hidden treasures like "The Great Panjandrum" and "Food for the Young."

What makes this collection truly special is the extensive historical and cultural context provided by the author. Halliwell-Phillipps provides insightful commentary alongside each rhyme, shedding light on their origins and evolution over time. This aspect elevates the reading experience, allowing readers to appreciate the deeper meanings and historical significance behind these seemingly simple verses.

The inclusion of numerous variations and alternate versions of popular rhymes adds an extra layer of intrigue. It showcases the evolution of these rhymes across time and highlights the unique regional flavors that have shaped English nursery rhymes. Readers are treated to a fascinating journey through history, exploring the rhymes' connections to folklore, superstitions, and even political events.

The layout and design of the book deserve special mention. The text is thoughtfully organized, allowing for easy navigation through the extensive collection. Halliwell-Phillipps' meticulous research is complemented by beautiful illustrations that capture the essence of each rhyme. These illustrations bring the verses to life, making them even more engaging for readers of all ages.

Though some readers may find the abundance of historical context overwhelming at times, it is a testament to the author's commitment to preserving the authenticity of these rhymes. The depth of information provided may not appeal to casual readers seeking light entertainment, but it certainly enriches the experience for those with a keen interest in the roots of nursery rhymes.

Overall, The Nursery Rhymes of England by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps is an absolute treasure for anyone passionate about the world of children's poetry. This meticulously curated collection offers a comprehensive overview of English nursery rhymes, presenting them within their historical and cultural contexts. Halliwell-Phillipps' exceptional curation, insightful commentary, and beautiful illustrations make this book a must-have for nursery rhyme enthusiasts and scholars alike.

First Page:

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.

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