Rook is off the menu so I will have the four and twenty pie.
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that 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,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!
wiz-king - are you quoting from the 'Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopaedia'?
It came in ten red volumes.They are the font of my knowledge...no comments please. I luckily rescued a set ( in VG condition) from a charity shop for a tenner last year.The originals (now lost) were bought by my parents about 1955.Nursery rhymes (with musical notation) were a great source of enjoyment for me, and my two brothers and two sisters.
From comments you have made I have assumed you are living near Glsagow, my native city, although I am now living in Hampshire. My parents bought me 'Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopaedia', but my copy is blue. I was going to ask you about the copyright date but having just checked my copy it does not have a copyright date, just a note from my father for my birthday in 1952, which means, I am assuming, that it was bought in Gillingham, Kent which is where we were living at that time. The colour difference could also be accounted for by the fact yours is Scottish and mine is English!!
Housten - Do want me to quote from volume NINE which contains Pages 5935-6672? It's the first one that came to hand. Even the smell of the book is lovely.I am from Glasgow.The books have something like an 'Olympic Torch' on the front.