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Oh, What Have You Got for Dinner, Mrs. Bond?
(English Nursery Song)
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Oh, What Have You Got for Dinner, Mrs. Bond?
Nursery Song

Oh, What Have You Got for Dinner, Mrs. Bond? - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


"Oh, what have you got for dinner, Mrs. Bond?"
"There's beef in the larder, and ducks in the pond;"
"Dilly, dilly, dilly, dilly, come to be killed,
For you must be stuffed, and my customers filled!"

"John Ostler, go fetch me a duckling or two,
John Ostler go fetch me a duckling or two;
Cry dilly, dilly, dilly, dilly, come and be killed,
For you must be stuffed, and my customers filled!"

"I have been to the ducks that are swimming in the pond,
And they won't come to be killed, Mrs. Bond;"
I cried, "Dilly, dilly, dilly, dilly, come and be killed,
For you must be stuffed, and the customers filled!"

Mrs. Bond she went down to the pond in a rage,
With plenty of onions, and plenty of sage;
She cried, "Come, little wag-tails, come, and be killed.
For you shall be stuffed, and my customers filled!"

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The illustration and song come from The Baby's Opera by Walter Crane (circa 1877).

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