This rhyme is said to be written about 1608...
There's never a maiden in the town
But she knows that malt's come down;
Malt's come down, malt's come down
From an old angel to a French crown.
The greatest drunkards in the town
Are very, very glad that malt's come down.
We'd love to know if anyone remembers reciting this one. Please email me, if you said this rhyme as a kid. -Mama Lisa
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in "A History of Nursery Rhymes" by Percy B. Green (1899).