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John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
A train-band captain eke was he
Of famous London town.
John Gilpin’s spouse said to her dear,
Though wedded we have been
These twice ten tedious years, yet we
No holiday have seen.
To-morrow is our wedding-day,
And we will then repair
Unto the Bell, at Edmonton,
All in a chaise and pair.
Away went Gilpin, neck or nought,
Away went hat and wig;
He little dream’t when he set out,
Of running such a rig.
The wind did blow, the cloak
Like a streamer long
Till loop and buttons failing
At last it flew awa.
Said John: It is my wedding day,
And all the world would stare,
If wife should dine at Edmonton
And I should dine at ware.
So turning to his horse he said:
I am in haste to dine;
'Twas for your pleasure you came here,
You shall go back for mine.
Ah luckless speech, and bootless boast!
For which he paid full dear:
For while he spake, a braying ass
Did sing both loud and clear.
Whereat his horse did snort as he
Had heard a lion roar,
And gallop’d off with all his might
As he had done before.
Away went Gilpin, and away
Went Gilpin’s hat and wig,
He lost them sooner than at first
For why? they were too big
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The Rock-a-by Lady from Hush-a-by Street
Comes stealing, comes creeping;
The poppies they hang from her head to her feet
And each hath a dream that is tiny and fleet,
She bringeth her poppies to you, my sweet,
When she findeth you sleeping!
There is one little dream of a beautiful drum,
rub-a-dub! it goeth:
There is one little dream of a big sugar-plum,
And lo, thick and fast the other dreams come,
Of pop guns that bang, and tin tops that hum,
And a trumpet that bloweth.
And dollies peep out of those wee little dreams
With laughter and singing;
And boats go a-floating on silvery streams,
And the stars peek-a-boo with their own misty gleams,
And up, up and up, where the Mother Moon beams,
The fairies go winging!
Would you dream all these dreams that are tiny and fleet?
They'll come to you sleeping;
So shut the two eyes that are weary, my sweet,
For the Rock-a-by Lady from Hush-a By Street,
With poppies that hang from her head to her feet,
Comes stealing, comes creeping.
Origins of Nursery Rhyme Lyrics and Words
Nursery Rhyme lyrics have many different origins and meanings. In most cases the meanings behind nursery rhyme lyrics cannot be verified. A few examples of some more well know nursery rhyme lyrics and their possible meanings are; ‘Baa, Baa, Black sheep’ was thought to originate from the medieval taxes, ‘Humpty Dumpty’ was thought to be a cannon used in the English civil war and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ was thought to be related to the burial of children in foundations or Vikings burning wooden bridges. Whatever the meaning behind Nursery Rhyme Lyrics we have enjoyed them in our own childhood along with sharing them with our own children (and it is amazing after many years how quickly the Lyrics to nursery rhymes can still be remembered).