Karen Dolby

Oranges and Lemons

Karen Dolby is a freelance editor and writer. Among her books are History's Naughty Bits, Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from Past Times and Homework Help for Mums and Dads, all published by Michael O'Mara Books. She lives and writes in south London.
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    One For Sorrow

    One for sorrow, two for joy,

    Three for a girl, four for a boy,

    Five for silver, six for gold,

    Seven for a secret never to be told.

    Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss,

    Ten for a bird you must not miss
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    A Was an Archer

    A was an archer, who shot at a frog,

    B was a butcher, and had a great dog.

    C was a captain, all covered with lace,

    D was a drunkard, and had a red face.

    E was an esquire, with pride on his brow,

    F was a farmer, and followed the plow.

    G was a gamester, who had but ill luck,

    H was a hunter, and hunted a buck.

    I was an innkeeper, who loved to carouse,

    J was a joiner, and built up a house.

    K was King William, once governed this land,

    L was a lady, who had a white hand.

    M was a miser, and hoarded up gold,

    N was a nobleman, gallant and bold.

    O was an oyster girl, and went about town,

    P was a parson, and wore a black gown.

    Q was a queen, who wore a silk slip,

    R was a robber, and wanted a whip.

    S was a sailor, and spent all he got,

    T was a tinker, and mended a pot.

    U was an usurer, a miserable elf,

    V was a vintner, who drank all himself.

    W was a watchman, and guarded the door,

    X was expensive, and so became poor.

    Y was a youth, that did not love school,

    Z was a zany, a poor harmless fool.
  • alyzza judicompartió una citahace 5 meses
    The versions I have included are the ones I remember, the rhymes I have tried to pass on to my own children, and I apologize if they differ from the versions you knew and loved

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