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D ARBER, barber, shave a pig ;
How many hairs will make a wig? “Four-and-twenty, that's enough :" Give the barber a pinch of snuff.
| ITTLE Tom Tucker
W HO comes here?
V “A grenadier.”
“A pot of beer.”
You drunken sot !”
To market, to market, to buy a plum-cake; 1 Back again, back again, baby is late, To market, to market, to buy a plum-bun, Back again, back again, market is done,
D LOW, wind, blow! and go, mill, go!
1 MAN went a hunting at Reigate,
THERE was a little nobby colt,
He could ramble, he could trot,
W E 'RE all in the dumps,
VV For diamonds are trumps; The kittens are gone to St. Paul's!
The babies are bit,
The moon's in a fit, And the houses are built without walls.
THE origin of the right nursery rhymes is, of course, popular,
1 like the origin of ballads, tales (Märchen), riddles, proverbs, and, indeed, of literature in general. They are probably, in England, of no great antiquity, except in certain cases, where they supply the words to some child's ballet, some dance game. A game may be of prehistoric antiquity, as appears in the rudimentary forms of backgammon, Pachisi and Patullo, common to Asia, and to the Aztecs, as Dr. Tylor has demonstrated. The child's game
“ Buck, buck,
was known in ancient Rome as bucca, though it would be audacious to infer that it survived in Britain since the Norman Conquest. Hop-scotch is also exceedingly ancient, and the curious will find the theories of its origin in Mr. Gomme's learned work on Children's Dances and Songs, published by the Folk