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Ballad of the Jelly-Cake
A little boy whose name was Tim
Once ate some jelly-cake for tea--
Which cake did not agree with him,
As by the sequel you shall see.
"My darling child," his mother said,
"Pray do not eat that jelly-cake,
For, after you have gone to bed,
I fear 't will make your stomach ache!"
But foolish little Tim demurred
Unto his mother's warning word.
That night, while all the household slept,
Tim felt an awful pain, and then
From out the dark a nightmare leapt
And stood upon his abdomen!
"I cannot breathe!" the infant cried--
"Oh, Mrs. Nightmare, pity take!"
"There is no mercy," she replied,
"For boys who feast on jelly-cake!"
And so, despite the moans of Tim,
The cruel nightmare went for him.
At first, she'd tickle Timmy's toes
Or roughly smite his baby cheek--
And now she'd rudely tweak his nose
And other petty vengeance wreak;
And then, with hobnails in her shoes
And her two horrid eyes aflame,
The mare proceeded to amuse,
Herself by prancing o'er his
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Too Much Play
Now Kitty was a madcap thing,
Kitty was at play
With everything that she could find,
All the happy day!
Shining scissors, thimble, thread,
Reels, and bits of strings;
Kitty, purring up and down,
Played with everything!
Kitty was sleepy puss,
Curled up on the mat
Tucked her nose between her toes
Such a baby cat!
Kitty wasn't feeling well,
Kitty dear got worse
Bring a doctor, if you please;
Find a clever nurse!
Kitty was an invalid,
So she went to bed;
Doctor felt her furry pulse,
Shook a curly head.
"Too much play," the doctor said;
"Bad for kittens wee;
Four-and-twenty hours in bed;
Better then she'll be!"
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).