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Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1

written and compiled by Edward William Cole (1832-1918)
First published in 1879 by Cole Publications, Melbourne, Australia

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The following are excerpts from Cole's book. I've selected the ones I remember from my childhood.
The book was compiled over 130 years ago. I found it interesting how they changed over the years.
How many of these do you remember?

Hot Cross Buns

Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns!

Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.

Three Men in a Tub

Rub a dub, dub,
Three men in a tub;
And who do you think they were?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,
They all came out of a rotten potato.

Pease Pudding

Pease pudding hot,
Pease pudding cold,
Pease pudding in the pot,
Nine days old.

Jack be Quick

Jack be nimble, and Jack be quick;
And Jack jump over the candle-stick.

Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
  Eating a Christmas Pie;
He put in his thumb, and he took out a plum,
  And said, "What a good boy am I!"

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
  To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
  And Jill came tumbling after.

Tom Tucker

Little Tom Tucker
  Sings for his supper;
What shall he eat?
  White bread and butter.
How shall he cut it
  Without e'er a knife?
How will he be married
  Without e'er a wife?

Hey diddle diddle

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  And the dish ran after the spoon.

Hush-A-Bye Baby

Hush-a-bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall;
Down will come baby, bough, cradle, and all.
Hush-a-bye baby, Daddy is near:
Mammy's a lady, and that's very clear

Going to Market

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig;
  Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
  Home again, home again, joggety-jog.

Ride a Cock-Horse

Ride a cock-horse to banbury-cross,
  To see what Tommy can buy;
A penny white loaf, a penny white cake,
  And a two-penny apple pie.

Ride a cock-horse to banbury-cross,
  To see a young lady on a white horse,
Rings on her fingers, and bells on her toes,
  And so she makes music wherever she goes.

Little Bo-Peep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
  And can't tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they'll come home
  And bring their tails behind them.

Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
  And dreamed she heard them bleating,
But when she awoke, 'twas all a joke
  Alas! they still were fleeting.

Then up she took her little crook,
  Determined for to find them;
She found them, indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
  They'd left their tails behind them.

It happened one day, as Bo-Peep did stray
  Over the meadows hard by,
That there she espied their tails side by side,
  All hung on a tree to dry.

She heaved a sigh, and gave by-and-by
  Each careless sheep a banging;
And as for the rest, she thought it was best
  Just to leave their tails a-hanging.

Georgie Porgie

Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the girls came out to play
Georgie Porgie ran away.


See-saw, Margery Daw,
Little Jacky shall have a new master;
Little Jacky shall have but a penny a day,
Because he can't work any faster.

Good and Bad

There was a little girl,
And she had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead

When she was good
She was very good,
But when she was bad, she was horrible.

My Son John

Deedle, deedle, dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his stockings on;
One shoe off, the other shoe on.
Deedle, deedle, dumpling, my son John

Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
  Have you any wool?
Yes, marry have I,
  Three bags full:

One for my master,
  And one for my dame,
But none for the little boy
  Who cries in the lane.

Little Miss Jewel

Little Miss Jewel
Sat on a stool,
Eating of curds and whey;

There came a little spider
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Jewel away.

Old King Cole

Old King Cole
Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;

He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.


Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man!
  So I will, master, as fast as I can,
Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with T,
  Put it in the oven for Tommy and me.

Sing a Song-a-Sixpence

Sing a song-a-sixpence,
  A pocket full of rye;
Four-and-twenty blackbirds
  Baked in a pie;
When the pie was opened
  The birds began to sing:
Was that not a dainty dish
  To set before the king?

The king was in his counting-house,
  Counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour,
  Eating bread and honey;
The maid was in the garden,
  Hanging out the clothes;
Down came a blackbird,
  And snapt off her nose.

Mary's Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
  It's fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went
  The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day
  That was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
  To see a lamb at school.

The teacher therefore turned him out;
  But still he lingered near,
And on the grass he played about
  Till Mary did appear.

At once he ran to her, and laid
  His head upon her arm,
As if to say, I'm not afraid
  You'll keep me from all harm.

"What makes the lamb love Mary so?"
  The little children cry;
"Oh! Mary loves the lamb you know,"
  The teacher did reply.


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