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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
L Sings for his supper ;
What shall he eat?
White bread and butter.
How shall he cut it,
Without e'er a knife?
How will he be married
Without e'er a wife?

W HO comes here?

V “A grenadier.”
“What do you want?”

“A pot of beer.”
“Where is your money ?”

“I've forgot.”
“Get you gone,

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!
D That the miller may grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it,
And send us some hot in the morn.

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1 MAN went a hunting at Reigate,
N And wished to leap over a high gate;
Says the owner, “Go round,
With your gun and your hound,
For you never shall leap over my gate.”

THERE was a little nobby colt,
I His name was Nobby Gray;
His head was made of pouce straw,
His tail was made of hay.

He could ramble, he could trot,
He could carry a mustard-pot,
Round the town of Woodstock,
Hey, Jenny, hey!

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.

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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,
How many fingers do I hold up ? "

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

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