A Tisket A Tasket

A-tisket a-tasket

A green and yellow basket

I wrote a letter to my love

And on the way I dropped it,

I dropped it,

I dropped it,

And on the way I dropped it.

A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket.

A Tree

In Spring I look gay,

Decked in comely array,

In Summer more clothing I wear;

When colder it grows,

I fling off my clothes,

And in Winter quite naked appear.

Answer: A Tree.

A Tutor Who Tooted

A Tutor who tooted a flute

tried to tutor two tooters to toot.

Said the two to their tutor,

"Is it harder to toot

or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

A Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

A Young Lady

There was a Young Lady of Wales,

Who caught a large fish without scales;

When she lifted her hook,

she exclaimed, "Only look!"

That ecstatic Young Lady of Wales.

A Seasonable Song

Piping hot, smoking hot.

What I've got

You have not.

Hot gray pease, hot, hot, hot;

Hot gray pease, hot.

A Race A Race To Moscow

A race, a race to Moscow,

Before the close of day!

A race, a race to Moscow,

A long, long way!

First comes a butterfly a-riding on a frog,

Next comes a water rat a-floating on a log;

A caterpillar on the fence, a hopper in the hay

Who'll get to Moscow before the close of day?

By Leroy F. Jackson

A Plum Pudding

Flour of England, fruit of Spain,

Met together in a shower of rain;

Put in a bag tied round with a string;

If you'll tell me this riddle,

I'll give you a ring.

Answer: A plum-pudding.

A Needle And A Thread

Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye,

And a long tail which she let fly;

And every time she went through a gap,

A bit of her tail she left in a trap.

Answer: A needle and thread.

A Moon Song

Who hung his hat on the moon?

The owl in his bubble balloon.

One bright summer night

He sailed out of sight,

And, hooting like Lucifer, hung in delight

His three-cornered hat on the moon.

A Melancholy Song

Trip upon trenchers,

And dance upon dishes,

My mother sent me for some barm, some barm;

She bid me go lightly,

And come again quickly,

For fear the young men should do me some harm.

Yet didn't you see, yet didn't you see,

What naughty tricks they put upon me?

They broke my pitcher

And spilt the water,

And huffed my mother,

And chid her daughter,

And kissed my sister instead of me.

A Man with a Nickel

A man with a nickel,

A sword and a sickle,

A pipe and a paper of pins

Set out for the Niger

To capture a tiger--

And that's how my story begins.

When he saw the wide ocean,

He soon took a notion

'T would be nicer to stay with his friends.

So he traded his hat For a tortoise-shell cat---

And that's how the chronicle ends!


A Man in the Wilderness

A man in the wilderness Asked this of me,

"How many strawberries Grow in the sea?"

I answered him As I thought good,

"As many red herrings As swim in the wood".

A Man And A Maid

There was a little man, Who wooed a little maid,

And he said, "Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed?

I have little more to say,

So will you, yea or nay,

For least said is soonest mended-ded, ded, ded."

The little maid replied,

"Should I be your little bride,

Pray what must we have for to eat, eat, eat?

Will the flame that you're so rich in

Light a fire in the kitchen?

Or the little god of love turn the spit, spit, spit?"

A Man a Stool a Leg of Mutton and a Dog

Two legs sat upon three legs,

With one leg in his lap;

In comes four legs,

And runs away with one leg.

Up jumps two legs,

Catches up three legs,

Throws it after four legs,

And makes him bring back one leg.

Answer: One leg is a leg of mutton; two legs, a man; three legs, a stool; four legs, a dog.

A Little Boy Ran to the End of the Sky

A little boy ran to the end of the sky,

With a rag and a pole and a gooseberry pie.

He cried, "Three cheers for the Fourth of July!

With a rag and a pole and a gooseberry pie.

He saw three little donkeys at play,

He tickled their noses to make them bray,

And he didn't come back until Christmas Day,

With a rag and a pole and a gooseberry pie.

A Lame Tame Crane

My dame has a lame, tame crane

My dame has a crane that is lame

Oh say, gentle Jane, does your dame’s lame tame crane feed

And come home again?

A Good Boy

I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,

I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,

And I am very happy, for I know that I've been good.

My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair,

And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.

I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise,

No ugly dream shall fright my mind, no ugly sight my eyes.

But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn,

And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.

A Free Show

Mister McCune can whistle a tune,

Old Uncle Strong can sing us a song,

Benjamin Biddle can play on the fiddle,

Captain O'Trigg can dance us a jig,

And I, if I'm able, Will tell you a fable.

A Dillar A Dollar

A dillar, a dollar,

A ten o'clock scholar;

What makes you come so soon?

You used to come at ten o'clock,

But now you come at noon!

A Difficult Rhyme

What is the rhyme for porringer?

The king he had a daughter fair

And gave the Prince of Orange her.

A Counting Out Rhyme

Hickery, dickery, 6 and 7,

Alabone, Crackabone, 10 and 11,

Spin span muskidan;

Twiddle 'um twaddle 'um, 21.


A Cock And Bull

The cock's on the housetop blowing his horn;

The bull's in the barn a-threshing of corn;

The maids in the meadows are making of hay;

The ducks in the river are swimming away.






A Cherry

As I went through the garden gap,

Who should I meet but Dick Red-cap!

A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat,--

If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat.

A Cat Came Fiddling Out of a Barn

A cat came fiddling out of a barn,

With a pair of bagpipes under her arm.

She could sing nothing but fiddle dee dee,

The mouse has married the bumblebee.

Pipe, cat; dance, mouse;

We'll have a wedding at our good house.