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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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Ho! for a frolic!
Said Johnny the stout;
There’s coasting and sledding;
I’m going out!
Scarcely had Johnny
Plunged in the snow
When there came a complaint
Up from his toes
We’re cold, said the toes,
I and the rest ;
There are ten of us freezing,
Then up spoke an ear;
My! but it’s labour
Playing in winter.
Eh, Opposite neighbour?
Pooh! said his nose,
Angry and red;
Who wants to tingle?
Go home to bed!
Eight little fingers,
Four to a thumb,
All cried together,
Johnny, we’re numb!
But Johnny the stout
Wouldn’t listen a minute;
Never a snow-bank
But Johnny was in it.
Tumbling and jumping,
Shouting with glee,
Wading the snow-drifts
Up to his knee,
Soon he forgot them,
Fingers and toes,
Never once heeded
The ear and the nose.
Ah what a frolic!
All in a glow,
Johnny grew warmer
Out in the snow.
Often his breathing
Came with a joke;
Blaze away, Johnny!
I’ll do the smoke.
And I’ll do the fire,
Said Johnny the bold,
Fun is the fuel
For driving off cold.
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).