High Diddle, Diddle

Original Text: 
Mother Goose's Melody: A facsimile reproduction of the earliest known edition, ed. W. F. Prideaux (London: A. H. Bullein, 1904): 32 [82]. DeLury Collection F, Fisher Rare Book Library. The original is Mother Goose's Melody: or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London: Francis Power, 1791).
2The cat and the fiddle,
3The cow jump'd over the moon;
4The little dog laugh'd
6And the dish ran away with the spoon.


1] "Probably the best-known nonsense verse in the language ..." The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, ed. Iona and Peter Opie (1951; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), no. 213, pp. 203-05. Back to Line
5] Nurse Lovechild's Tommy Thumb's Song Book (Worcester, Mass.: Isaiah Thomas, 1788), has:
For to see the Sport,
And the Dish ran after the Spoon.
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Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.