Sweep The Cobwebs Off The Sky!

Illustration:  There was an old woman tossed up in a basket.  Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.  McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket,

Ninety times as high as the moon;

And where she was going, I couldn’t but ask her,

For in her hand she carried a broom.

“Old woman, old woman, old woman,” quoth I,

“Whither, O whither, O whither so high?”

“To sweep the cobwebs off the sky!”

“Shall I go with you? “Aye, by-and-by.”

Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.

McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.

Land Of Topsy-Turvydom!

Illustration:  What Would You Do?  Mary’s Little Lamb.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

 

“WHAT WOULD YOU THINK?”

If you saw an elephant climb a tree

Or a snail in an eggshell go to sea,

Or a donkey drinking a cup of tea –

What would you think?

 

If you saw houses upside down,

A beggar wearing a golden crown,

If the stars were red and the clouds were brown –

What would you think?

 

If you saw pennies not round but square,

Or an oyster walking down the stair,

Or a lobster sitting in your arm-chair –

What would you think?

 

If I saw all these things, or some,

I’m sure I’d say that I had come

To the land of Topsy-turvydom –

What would you think?

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Mary’s Little Lamb.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1906.

 

Very Fresh Fish!

Illustration:  Make Hay While The Sun Shines.  Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

While the sun shines make your hay,

That is what the wise folk say;

Even better, I opine,

While the fish is fresh to dine.

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Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

Eat Nothing At All!

Illustration:  There Was An Old Woman.  Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.  McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.

“There Was An Old Woman.”

There was an old woman

Called Nothing-at-all,

Who rejoiced in a dwelling

Exceedingly small:

A man stretched his mouth

To its utmost extent,

And down at one gulp

House and old woman went.

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Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.

McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.

Why Put A Calf On The Wall?

Illustration:  Calf On The Wall.  Mother Goose - Volland Popular Edition.  Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.  Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.  Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.

There was an old man,

And he had a calf,

And that’s half;

He took him out of the stall,

And put him on the wall,

And that’s all.

Mother Goose – Volland Popular Edition.

Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.

Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.

Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.

Beautiful Pig!

Illustration:  To Market To Market.  Mother Goose  Volland Popular Edition.  Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.  Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.  Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggety, jig.

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,

Home again, home again, market is done.

Illustration:  To Market To Market.  Mother Goose  Volland Popular Edition.  Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.  Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.  Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.

Mother Goose

Volland Popular Edition.

Edited by Eulalie Osgood Grover.

Illustrated by Frederick Richardson.

Published by P. F. Volland Company: New York, Chicago & Toronto. 1921.

 

Mother Goose Flew To The Moon!

Illustration:  Old Mother Goose.  Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.  McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.

“Old Mother Goose.”

And then the gold egg was thrown into the sea,

When Jack he jumped in, and got it back presently.

The knave got the goose, which he vowed he would kill,

Resolving at once his pockets to fill.

Jack’s mother came in, and caught the goose soon,

And mounting its back, flew up to the moon.

 

Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes.

McLoughlin Brothers: New York. Ca 1900.