Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green,
Father's a nobleman, mother's a queen,
And Betty's a lady, and wears a gold ring,
And Johnny's* a drummer, and drums for the king.
*One version that comes from Harry's Ladder to Learning (published in 1850) uses the name Harry here instead.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
The illustration comes from Harry's Ladder to Learning (1850).
Recited by Ruth Golding for Librivox.