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Nursury Rhymes

Pussy-cat Ate The Dumplings

Pussy-cat ate the dumplings, the dumplings,
Pussy-cat ate the dumplings,
Mama stood by,
And cried, "oh, Fie!
Why did you eat the dumplings?"

Pussy-cat, Wussy-cat

Pussy-cat, wussy-cat, with a white foot,
When is your wedding? For I'll come to't.
The beer's to brew, the bread's to bake,
Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, don't be too late.

Pussy Sits By The Fire

Pussy sits by the fire,
How can she be fair?
In comes the little dog,
"Pussy, are you there?
So, so, my dear Mistress Pussy,
Pray tell me how do you do?"
"Thank you, thank you, little dog,
I'm very well just now."

Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat

Pussy-cat, pussy-cat,
where have you been?

"I've been to London
to see the Queen."

Pussy-cat, pussy-cat,
what did you do there?

"I frightened a little mouse
under the chair."

A Cat Came Fiddling Out Of A Barn

A cat came fiddling out of a barn,
with a pair of bag-pipes under her arm;
She could sing nothing but fiddle-de-dee,
the mouse has married the humble-bee;
Pipe, cat-dance, mouse.
We'll have a wedding at our good house.

English Nursery Rhyme c. 1764

They hang the man and flog the woman
that steal the goose from off the common,
but let the greater villain loose
that steals the common from the goose.

The law demands that we atone
when we take things we do not own,
but leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine.

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