Goosey Goosey Gander

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A well-known nursery rhyme, still in circulation although perhaps losing favour because some of its imagery is not considered quite right for today's children. Historically speaking, this rhyme seems to have less textual cohesion than most nursery rhymes, and there is evidence that this standard modern text is actually two older rhymes spliced together. The first four lines are quoted in 1784, and first printed c.1790, while the last four are of similar age but are often found in a traditional rhyme addressed to the cranefly.

Opie and Opie, 1997: 224–6.

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