Nursery Rhymes (Adam Carse)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-02)  CPDL #75948:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-02).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 650 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Nursery Rhymes
Composer: Adam Carse
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongNursery-rhymeHumorous Song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1923 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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There was a man of Newington,
And he was wondrous wise,
He jumped into a quick set hedge,
And scratched out both his eyes;
But when he saw his eyes were out,
With all his might and main
He jumped into another hedge,
And scratched them out again.

There were two birds sat on a stone,
Fa la la la lal dee;
One flew away, and then there was one,
Fa la la la lal dee;
The other flew after, and then there was none,
Fa la la la lal dee;
And so the poor stone was left all alone,
Fa la la la lal dee!

Did you not hear of Betty Pringle’s pig?
It was not very little, nor yet very big;
The pig sat down upon a little hill,
And then poor piggy made his will.
Betty Pringle came to see this Pretty pig,
That was not very little, nor yet very big;
This little piggy then lay down and died,
And poor Betty Pringle sat down and cried.
Then Johnny Pringle buried this very pretty pig,
That was not very little, nor yet very big;
So here’s an end of the song of all three,
Johnny Pringle, Betty Pringle, and little piggy.

Solomon Grundy,
Born on Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday;
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.

Robin the Bobbin, the big boy Ben,
He ate more meat than fourscore men;
He ate a cow, he ate a calf,
He ate a butcher and a half;
He ate a church, he ate a steeple,
He ate the priest and all the people!

Tommy Trot, a man of law,
Sold his bed and lay upon straw;
Sold the straw and slept on grass,
To buy his wife a looking glass.