William Brighty Rands

William Brighty Rands

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William Brighty Rands (24 December 1823, Chelsea, Middlesex — 23 April 1882, East Dulwich, London) was a British writer and one of the major authors of nursery rhymes of the Victorian era.
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Little Ditties I

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Winifred Waters sat and sighed Under a weeping willow; When she went to bed she cried, Wetting all the pillow; Kept on crying night and day, Till her friends lost patience; "What shall we do to stop her, pray
" So said her relations...
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The Dream Of A Girl Who Lived At Seven-Oaks

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Seven sweet singing birds up in a tree;
Seven swift sailing ships white upon the sea;
Seven bright weather-cocks shining in the sun;
Seven slim race-horses ready for a run;
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The First Tooth

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There once was a wood, and a very thick wood,
So thick that to walk was as much as you could;
But a sunbeam got in, and the trees understood
I went to this wood, at the end of the snows,
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Great Wide Beautiful Wonderful World

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Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast-World, you are beautifully
The wonderful air is over me,
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The Dream Of A Boy Who Lived At Nine-Elms

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Nine grenadiers, with bayonets in their guns;
Nine bakers' baskets, with hot cross buns;
Nine brown elephants standing in a row;
Nine new velocipedes, good ones to go;
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Cuckoo In The Pear-Tree

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The Cuckoo sat in the old pear-tree,  Cuckoo
Raining or snowing, nought cared he
Cuckoo
Cuckoo, cuckoo, nought cared he
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Polly

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Brown eyes, Straight nose; Dirt pies, Rumpled clothes; Torn books, Spoilt toys; Arch looks, Unlike a boy's; Little rages, Obvious arts; (Three her age is,) Cakes, tarts; Falling down Off chairs; Breaking crown Down stairs; Catching flies On the pa...
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The Flowers

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When Love arose in heart and deed To wake the world to greater joy, 'What can she give me now
' said Greed, Who thought to win some costly toy
He rose, he ran, he stoop'd, he clutch'd; And soon the Flowers, that Love let fall, In Greed's...
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The Cat Of Cats

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I am the cat of cats
I
The everlasting cat
Cunning, and old, and sleek as jam,
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The Thought

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Into the skies, one summer's day, I sent a little Thought away; Up to where, in the blue round, The sun sat shining without sound
Then my Thought came back to me
—Little Thought, what did you see In the regions whence you come
And w...
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Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore

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Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore —No doubt you have heard the name before —Was a boy who never would shut a door
The wind might whistle, the wind might roar,
And teeth be aching and throats be sore,
But still he never would shut the door
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I Saw A New World

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I
AW a new world in my dream, Where all the folks alike did seem: There was no Child, there was no Mother, There was no Change, there was no Other
For everything was Same, the Same; There was no praise, there was no blame; There was neit...
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Topsy-Turvy World

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IF the butterfly courted the bee, And the owl the porcupine; If churches were built in the sea, And three times one was nine; If the pony rode his master, If the buttercups ate the cows, If the cats had the dire disaster To be worried, sir, by the...
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Dressing The Doll

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IS is the way we dress the Doll:— You may make her a shepherdess, the Doll, If you give her a crook with a pastoral hook, But this is the way we dress the Doll
Bless the Doll, you may press the Doll, But do not crumple and mess the Doll
...
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