As I was going by Charing Cross,
I saw a black man* upon a black horse;
They told me it was King Charles the First;
Oh, dear! my heart was ready to burst!
*According to The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, edited by Iona and Peter Opie (1951), "a black man" at that time meant that the man had black hair.
James Orchard Halliwell (a British collector of nursery rhymes in the 19th century) wrote the following about this rhyme: "The following is partly quoted in an old song in a MS. at Oxford, Ashmole, No. 36, fol. 113."
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897). This rhyme can also be found in "The Nursery Rhymes of England" 5th edition (1886), collected by James Orchard Halliwell and illustrated by W. B. Scott.