Posted by Caroline on November 07, 1997 at 20:40:17:
I got out the Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie out of my library today. To my delight, I discoverd that all the illustrations are woodcuts from eighteenth and early nineteenth century children's books. Many obviously go with the rhymes, songs, ballads, puzzles mentioned. I though you might like these.
The book is published by Oxford University Press, originally in 1955, this copy a re-issue of 1990, ISBN
0 19 869112 2
For Ann, Ann2 Another et al, an all our Lizzies
Elizabeth ,Elspeth Betsy and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird's nest;
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in it,
They each took one, and left four in it.
And a wig-wag.
In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with a skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden aple doth appear.
No doors are there to this strong-hold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
My grandmother sent me a new-fashioned three-cornered cambric country-cut handkerchief.
Not an old fashioned three-cornered cambric country-cut handkerchief,
But a new-fashioned three-cornered cambric country-cut handkerchief.
Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
But Moses supposes erroneously;
For nobody's toeses are posies of roses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!
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