Nursery rhymes (10 pages found in this category)


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

English nursery rhyme the earliest known version of which appears in 1784, perhaps referring to a tax on wool introduced in 1275.

Hickory Dickory Dock

English nursery rhyme the earliest known version of which appears in 1784, probably a counting rhyme.

Humpty Dumpty

One of the best-known English nursery rhymes, about an egg, and almost certainly intended as a riddle.

Jack Sprat

English nursery rhyme first recorded in the form we know it today in 1670.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

English nursery rhyme that may be about Queen Mary I.

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross

English nursery rhyme, the earliest known version of which appears in 1784.

There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

English nursery rhyme about a woman with many children.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are nursery rhyme characters most closely associated in the popular imagination with the characters of the same name in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871).

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

English poem and nursery rhyme by Jane Taylor, first published in 1806 under the title “The Star”.

Wee Willie Winkie

Nursery rhyme about the best-known of the British sleep spirits, first published in 1841.