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Thread #65990   Message #3180911
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
03-Jul-11 - 06:27 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
Lyr. Add: (MY BOY WILLY)
Halliwell, 1846, CCCXIX without title

Where have you been all the day,
My boy Willy?I've been all the day,
Courting of a lady gay:
But oh ! she's too young
To be taken from her mammy.
2
What work can she do,
My boy Willy?
Can she bake and can she brew,
My boy Willy?
3
She can brew and she can bake,
And she can make our wedding cake:
But oh ! she's too young
To be taken from her mammy.
4
What age may she be?
What age may she be?
My boy Willy?
5
Twice two, twice seven,
Twice ten, twice eleven:
But oh ! she's too young
To be taken from her mammy.

Fourteenth Class, Love and Matrimony.
James Orchard Halliwell, 1846, The Nursery Rhymes of England, 4th edition.
http://www.presscom.co.uk/nursery.html