NURSERY RHYMES AN ANTHOLOGY

Nursery Rhymes An Anthology

Compiled & Edited by

Rabbi Masrur

 

 Growhills Publishing

Kamalpur, Barpeta (Assam)

 

Nursery Rhymes An Anthology Compiled & Edited by Rabbi Masrur, Published by Growhills Publishing, Kamalpur, Barpeta (Assam)

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DTP by Adid Shahriar

A TALK 

Nursery rhymes are a valuable asset of human culture. Nursery rhymes refer to a genre of rhymed poems composed with the sole intention of pleasing or lulling children to sleep. Nursery Rhyme is present in almost every language of the world. Most of the nursery rhymes are of unknown authorship. They have come down to us orally through our predecessors. But with the passing of time, most of them have got lost. With the invention of the printing machine, some authors seem to compose nursery rhymes imitating the traditional ones. A study of nursery rhymes shows that they reflect the child psychology: their innocence, simplicity and tenderness. Since my cradle, I am a lover nursery rhyme. But I regret that most of the nursery rhymes that I enjoyed during my childhood have lost in oblivion. I remember that my illiterate grandparents were a storehouse of nursery rhymes and they could sing the rhymes whole night form their memory. But the new generation like ours, seem to be negligent to learn them orally form our grandparents. Hence I took to collecting the nursery rhymes from around the world in book form for our future generation.

Indian regional languages are rich in nursery rhymes. I have collected some of them from the mouth of the elders. Likewise, after the suggestion of some of my friends, I took to collect English nursery rhymes both traditional and literary. But I am sorry that in this mission, I have cut a sorry figure. Only a few have been collected from various resources and they are given a place in this lean anthology. I hope that some enthusiastic persons should come out to bring this mission into perfection.

Rabbi Masrur

Santi Kanan

2020

 

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

A FOR APPLE

MORNING SONG

LOLLIPOP

PAT-A-CAKE

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

A CHILD’S GRACE

COBBLER, COBBLER

GOD BLESS MUMMY

JACK AND JILL

EARLY TO BED

BAA! BAA! BLACK SHEEP

HUMPTY DUMPTY

JOHNNY! JOHNNY! YES PAPA

CHUBBY CHEEKS

DEAR BABY

TWO LITTLE BIRDS

THE CUCKOO

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE

JINGLE BELLS

MUMMY AND DADDY, I LOVE YOU

THE BUTTERFLY

RING-A RING O’ ROSES

BABY DUCKS

LITTLE BOY BLUE

HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK

TEN LITTLE FINGERS

WHAT CAN I DO

GOD BLESS ME

RAIN ON THE GREEN GRASS

PETER, PETER, PUMPKIN EATER

ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY

SEE-SAW

LITTLE ROBIN

ME AN APPLE

RAIN, RAIN, COME SOON

WORK WHILE YOU WORK

LUCY LOCKET

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE

GOOD NIGHT

LOOK AT THE MOON

JACK-JACK-JOE

MARRY ANN MARRY ANN

HIGGLEDLY, PIGGLEDLY, MY BLACK HEN

THE CLOWN

BITS OF PAPER

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD

PUSSY CAT,  PUSSY CAT

LITTLE MISS MUFFET

HOT CROSS BUNS!

SOUNDS OF ANIMALS

DING, DONG, BELL

CUCKOO, CUCKOO WHAT DO YOU DO?

THE CAT AND THE MICE

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR

HOP A LITTLE

A WISE OWL

NUMBER RHYME

TWO LITTLE DICKY BIRDS

LITTLE TOMMY TUCKER

MICKY MOUSE

THE KITTEN AND THE PUP

TRAFFIC LIGHTS

A TOOTHBRUSH

HUSH-A-BYE, A BABY

THE BEE

…………………………………………………………….

BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY

Butterfly, butterfly

Where do you fly?

So quick and so high

In the blue, blue sky?  0 0 0

 

 RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

 Rain, Rain, Go away

Come again another day.

Little Johny wants to play,

Rain, Rain, go to Spain,

Never show your face again.  0 0 0

 

 A FOR APPLE

A for Apple, B for Ball,

C for Cat, D for Doll,

If I learn my ABC,

Soon a great man I will be. 0 0 0

 

MORNING SONG

The year’s at the spring,

And day’s at the morn,

Morning’s at seven,

The hill side’s dew-pearled,

The lark’s on the wing,

The snail’s on the thorn,

God ‘s in His Heaven,

All’s right with the world. 0 0 0

 

LOLLIPOP

 I took a hop

To the shop

To by my sweet lollipop.

 

See the big stick,

And the red top

I’ll put it in my mouth,

And eat it plop! Plop! Plop! 0 0 0

 

PAT-A-CAKE

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,

Baker’s man!

Bake me a cake,

As fast as I can.

Pat it, prick it

And mark it with T,

And put it in the oven

For teacher and me. 0 0 0

 

 TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder, what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

 

When the blazing sun is gone,

When he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle, all the night. 0 0 0

… Jane Taylor

 

A CHILD’S GRACE

Thank you, for the world so sweet;

Thank you, for the food we eat;

Thank you, for the birds that sing;

Thank you, God, for everything. 0 0 0

 

COBBLER, COBBLER

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe,

Get it done by half-past two;

Stitch it up, and stitch it down,

And then I’ll give half a crown. 0 0 0

…. Shreya Sharma

 

GOD BLESS MUMMY

God bless mummy,

God bless Daddy,

Help me always,

To make them happy. 0 0 0

 

JACK AND JILL

Jack and Jill,

Went up the hill,

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down 

And broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after. 0 0 0

–Daniel Kirk

 

EARLY TO BED

Early to bed

And early to rise,

Makes a man

Healthy, wealthy and wise. 0 0 0

— Benjamin Franklin

 

BAA! BAA! BLACK SHEEP

“Baa! Baa! Black Sheep

Have you any wool?”

: Yes sir! Yes, sir!

Three bags full.

One for my master,

One for my dame,

And one for the little boy,

Who lives down the lane.” 0 0 0

 … Rudyard Kipling

 

HUMPTY DUMPTY

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Could not put Humpty Dumpty together again. 0 0 0

–Samuel Arnold

 

JOHNNY! JOHNNY! YES PAPA

Johny! Johny! “Yes papa

“Eating sugar”? “No, papa.”

: Telling lies?” “No, papa.

: Open your mouth.” 

“Ha!Ha! Ha!” 0 0 0

 

CHUBBY CHEEKS

“Chubby cheeks, dimple chin,

Rosy lips, teeth within.

Curly hair, very fair,

Eyes are blue, lovely too.

Teacher’s pet, is that you?”

“Yes, Yes, Yes.” 0 0 0

 

DEAR BABY

“Dear baby, why do you shrill?

“I am hungry, give me milk.”

“My dear baby, come to my lap

Don’t cry, drink milk and sleep.” 0 0 0

…. Menonim Menonimus

 

TWO LITTLE BIRDS

Two little birds came to our tree

To make us happy and glee.

We gave them golden cage

They said, “No need, we are free.’’ 0 0 0

 

THE CUCKOO

The cuckoo comes in April,

He sings his songs in May,

In the middle of June,

He changes his tune, 

And then he flies away. 0 0 0

 

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE

One, two, 

Buckle my shoe.

Three, four

Knock at the door.

Five, six 

Pick up sticks.

Seven, eight

Lay them straight.

Nine, ten

A big fat then. 0 0 0

… Jane Cabrera

 

JINGLE BELLS

Jingle bells, Jingle bells,

Jingle all the way,

O what fun it is to ride,

In a one-horse open sleigh. 0 0 0

…James Lord

 

MUMMY AND DADDY, I LOVE YOU

Mummy and Daddy, I love you,

Come to me when I call you,

Give me a kiss when I ask you,

Mummy and Daddy, I love you. 0 0 0

 

THE BUTTERFLY

Butterfly, butterfly,

Flutter by, flutter by,

Up and down and low and high,

Butterfly flit and fly. 0 0 0

 

RING-A RING O’ ROSES

Ring –a ring o’ roses,

A pocket full of posies,

Hush-a, bush-a,

We all fall down. 0 0 0

…. Charlotte Gainsbourg

 

BABY DUCKS

Have you seen the baby ducks,

Swimming in the water?

Father, mother, baby ducks,

Grandma and daughter.

 

Have you seen them dip their beaks,

Drinking up the water?

Father, mother, baby ducks,

Grandma and daughter. 0 0 0

 

LITTLE BOY BLUE

Little Boy Blue,

Come blow your horn!

The sheep’s in the meadow,

The cow’s in the corn.

 

But where is the boy

Who looks after the sheep?

He’s under the haystack

Fast sleep. 0 0 0

 

HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK

Hickory, Dickory, Dock!

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one;

The mouse ran down,

Hickory, Dickory Dock. 0 0 0

–Andrew Lang

 

TEN LITTLE FINGERS

Ten little fingers and ten little toes,

Two little ears and one little nose,

Two little eyes that shine so bright,

One little mouth to kiss mother

“Good Night.” 0 0 0

 … Mem Fox

 

WHAT CAN I DO

Two little hands to clap, clap, clap,

Two little legs go tap, tap, tap,

Two little eyes are open wide,

One little head go side to side. 0 0 0

 

GOD BLESS ME

I see the moon,

And the moon sees me;

God bless the moon, 

And God bless me! 0 0 0

 

RAIN ON THE GREEN GRASS

Rain on the green grass

And rain on the tree,

Rain on the house-top

But not on me. 0 0 0

 

PETER, PETER, PUMPKIN EATER 

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,

Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;

He put her in a pumpkin shell,

And there he kept her very well. 0 0 0

 

ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY

One for sorrow, two for joy,

Three for a girl, four for boy,

Five for silver, six for gold,

Seven for a secret ne’er to be told. 0 0 0

 

SEE-SAW

See-saw, up and down,

Which is the way to London town?

One foot up, and the other foot down.

That is the way to London town. 0 0 0

 

LITTLE ROBIN

Pit-pat, well-a-day!

Little Robin flew away,

Where can little Robin be?

Gone into the cherry-tree. 0 0 0

 

ME AN APPLE

If I were an apple,

And grew on a tree;

A think I’d drop down,

On a nice boy like me. 0 0 0

 

RAIN, RAIN, COME SOON

Rain, rain, come soon,

Play with me in the afternoon;

Cry not if you are hungry,

I’ll feed you with my silver spoon. 0 0 0

–James Orchard Halliwell

 

WORK WHILE YOU WORK

Work while you work,

Play while you play;

That is the way

To be happy and gay. 0 0 0

 

LUCY  LOCKET

Lucy Locket, lost her pocket,

Kitty Fisher found it.

Nothing in it, nothing in it,

Just a ribbon around it. 0 0 0

 

ENGINE, ENGINE, NUMBER NINE

Engine, Engine, Number Nine

Go on down to cargo line,

If the train should jump the track,

So you want your money back. 0 0 0

GOOD NIGHT

Good night,

Sleep tight,

Wake up bright,

In the morning light

To do what’s right,

With all your might. 0 0 0

–Jake Paltrow

 

LOOK AT THE MOON

Look at the moon,

She is shining up there;

Oh! Mother, she looks,

Like a lamp in the air. 0 0 0

 

JACK-JACK-JOE

Jack-jack-joe,

Bent his bow,

Shot a pigeon

And killed a crow. 0 0 0

 

MARRY ANN MARRY ANN

Marry Ann, Marry Ann,

Make the porridge in a pan;

Make it thick, make it thin,

Make it anyway you can. 0 0 0

 

HIGGLEDLY, PIGGLEDLY, MY BLACK HEN

Higgledy, Piggledy, my black hen,

She lays eggs for gentlemen

Sometimes nine, and sometimes ten

Higgledy, Piggledy my black hen. 0 0 0

  

THE CLOWN

Look, look, see the clown,

He’s jumping up;

He is falling down;

Rolling over like a ball,

He doesn’t care at all. 0 0 0

  

BITS OF PAPER

Bits of Paper,

Bits of Paper,

Lying on the floor,

Lying on the floor,

Make the place untidy,

Make the place untidy,

Pick them up,

Pick up them. 0 0 0

 

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD

Old mother Hubbard,

Went to the cupboard,

To get her poor dog a bone,

But when she got there,

The cupboard was bare

And so the poor dog had none. 0 0 0

 

PUSSY CAT,  PUSSY CAT

“Pussy cat, Pussy cat,

Where have you been?”

“I’ve been to London,

To look at the queen.’’

“Pussy cat, Pussy cat, 

What did you there?”

“I frightened a little mouse 

Under the chair.” 0 0 0

–James William Elliott

 

LITTLE MISS MUFFET

Little Miss Muffet,

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

There came a big spider,

Who sat down beside her,

And frightened Miss Muffet away! 0 0 0

 

HOT CROSS BUNS!

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons.

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns! 0 0 0

 

SOUNDS OF ANIMALS

“Bow-wow”, says the dog,

“Mew, mew”, says the cat,

“Grunt, grunt”, says the pig,

And “Squeak” goes the rat.

“Tu-whu”, says the owl,

“Caw-caw”, says the crow,

“Quack, quack”, says the duck,

And what cuckoos say you know. 0 0 0

 

DING, DONG, BELL

Ding, dong, bell,

Pussy’s in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Tommy thin.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To drown pussy cat. 0 0 0

 

CUCKOO, CUCKOO WHAT DO YOU DO? 

Cuckoo, Cuckoo, what do you do?

In April I open my bill,

In May I sing all day,

In June I change my tune,

In July away I fly,

In August away I must. 0 0 0

 

THE CAT AND THE MICE 

Ten little mice sat down to spin,

Pussy passed by, and she peeped in,

“What do you doing, my jolly ten?”

“Weaving coats for gentlemen.”

“Shall income in and cut your threads?”

Oh, no Miss Pussy, You’ll bite off our heads.” 0 0 0

 

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR

Teddy bear, Teddy bear

Turn around,

Teddy bear, Teddy bear

Touch the ground.

Teddy bear, Teddy bear,

Polish your shoes,

Teddy bear, Teddy bear,

Off to school. 0 0 0

 

HOP A LITTLE

Hop a little, jump a little,

One, two, three;

Run a little, skip a little,

Tap, tap, one, Knee.

 

Bend a little, stretch a little,

Nod your head;

Yawn a little, sleep a little

In your bed. 0 0 0

 

A WISE OWL

A wise owl lived

In an oak;

The more she saw

The less he spoke.

 

The less he spoke

The more he heard;

Why can’t we all be

Like that wise old bird? 0 0 0

 

NUMBER RHYME

One, two, three, four, five,

One I caught a fish alive.

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

But I let it go again.

 

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

The little finger on my right. 0 0 0

 

TWO LITTLE DICKY BIRDS

Two little dicky birds

Sat upon a wall,

One called Peter

One called Paul.

 

Fly away Peter,

Fly away Paul;

Come back Peter,

Come back Paul. 0 0 0

 

LITTLE TOMMY TUCKER

Little Tommy Tucker

Sings for his supper.

What shall he eat?

White bread and butter.

 

How shall he cut it

Without any knife?

How shall he marry

Without any wife? 0 0 0

 

MICKY MOUSE

Mickey on the railway line,

Picking up stones,

Down came an engine

And broke Mickey’s bones.

 

‘Ah!” Said the Mickey,

“That’s not fair.”

“Oh! Said the engine driver,

“I don’t care!” 0 0 0

 

THE KITTEN AND THE PUP

A kitten met a pup

The puppy jumped up.

He said, “How do you do?

I am glad to see you.”

 

The kitten said, “Mew, Mew!

I never really knew,

How cute a pup could be!

Till I saw you, you see.” 0 0 0

 

TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Red light, red light,

What do you say?

I say stop, stop,

Right away.

 

Yellow, what do you mean?

I mean wait, wait,

Till the light!

 

Greenlight, what do you say?

I say go and go right way. 0 0 0

 

A TOOTHBRUSH

I have a toothbrush, neat and gay,

To brush my teeth everyday.

I brush them each morning,

I brush them each night.

Till all are shining,

Clean and bright. 0 0 0

 

HUSH-A-BYE, A BABY

Hush-a bye, a baby,

On the treetop!

When the wind blows,

The cradle will rock.

 

When the bough breaks,

The cradle will fall.

Down will come baby,

Bough cradle and all. 0 0 0

 

THE BEE

Oh! The bee

You are busy

Gathering honey

For all the day

What do you say?

 

In your tongue

Are these songs?

How much mellow

Let me know

Let me know. 0 0 0 

... Menonim Menonimus

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