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Halliwell (a 19th century collector of nursery rhymes) wrote: "The following lines [above] were obtained in Oxfordshire. The story to which it alludes is related by Matthew Paris."

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This rhyme can be found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England", 5th edition (1886), collected by James Orchard Halliwell and illustrated by W. B. Scott.

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