Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess
Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird's nest.
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in,
They all took one, and left four in.*
*"Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess" refers to one person since all of those names are diminutives of Elizabeth. That's why all four were able to take one egg, yet leave four in.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
The 1st illustration comes from An Alphabet of Old Friends (1874) by Walter Crane. The 2nd illustration comes from The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897).
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