Dear, Dear! What Can the Matter Be? - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Here's another version of this rhyme:

Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the fair.
He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons
To tie up my bonny brown hair.

Comments

The first version of the rhyme and the illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. The second version of the rhyme can be found in A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green.

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