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Thread #131392   Message #3501585
Posted By: Jim Dixon
10-Apr-13 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Rosy Betsy, blue eyed Molly Molly
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WILLOW-WREN
From Poems for Children by Eleanor Farjeon (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1951), page 18:

(English Child's Song)

Rosy Betsy, blue-eyed Milly,
Maidens to the meadows, will ye!
Blackbird's shout
Rings round about,
And Jenny Wren is building in the willows.
Put off your coats of grey and brown,
Put off the clogs you wear in town,
Toiling and moiling up and down,
While the wren is building in the willows.

Rosy Betsy, blue-eyed Milly,
Will ye, won't ye, won't ye, will ye?
Who can stay
At home all day,
While Jenny Wren is building in the willows?
Put on your primrose-colored gown,
Run in your green shoes out of town,
Run till your tresses tumble down,
Looking for the nest among the willows!