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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

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Young Lambs to Sell! - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World 1

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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