Sing! sing! what shall I sing?
The cat's run away with the pudding-bag string.
Here's a longer version from The Real Mother Goose (1916):
Sing, sing, what shall I sing?
Cat's run away with the pudding-string!
Do, do, what shall I do?
The cat has bitten it quite in two.
Photos & Illustrations
Thanks and Acknowledgements
The rhyme at the top of the page can be found in The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (c. 1843) and Harry's Ladder to Learning (1850). The illustration can be found in The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. The last illustration is from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies (published and copyrighted in Boston in 1833 by Munroe & Francis).