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Young Lambs to Sell!

Young Lambs to Sell! - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Intro Image


Young lambs to sell! Young lambs to sell!
I never would cry young lambs to sell,
If I'd as much money as I could tell,
I never would cry young lambs to sell.

Notes

According to The Annotated Mother Goose (1962), by William S. and Ceil Baring-Gould, the "lambs" referred to in this rhyme were toys. They further note that this rhyme derives from a vendor's street cry. (Both of these facts seem to be confirmed in the illustration above.) They give two additional lines at the beginning of the rhyme:

Get ready your money and come to me,
I sell a young lamb for one penny.

Young Lambs to Sell is similar to the rhyme, If I'd as Much Money as I Could Spend, which seems to be another street vendors' song.

What's funny to me is that the man in the second illustration (by Blanche Fisher Wright) resembles a young Dick Van Dyke! -Mama Lisa

Photos & Illustrations

Young Lambs to Sell! - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Comment Image

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The 1st illustration comes from The National Nursery Book and the 2nd illustration is from The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright.

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