Sing a Song of Sixpence

By Mother Goose Mother Goose
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing—
Wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in the counting-house
Counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey,

The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes.
Along came a blackbird
And snipped off her nose.

Source: Knock at a Star (1999)

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Poet Mother Goose

Subjects Activities, Jobs & Working, Eating & Drinking, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad, Nursery Rhymes

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Mother Goose is often cited as the author of hundreds of children’s stories that have been passed down through oral tradition and published over centuries. Various chants, songs, and even games have been attributed to her, but she is most recognized for her nursery rhymes, which have been familiar with readers of all generations. Her work is often published as Mother Goose Rhymes.
 
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SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Eating & Drinking, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Ballad, Nursery Rhymes

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