Play, play every day,
Harry throws his time away.
He must work and he must read,
And then he'll be a man indeed.
This rhyme cannot be found in two of the most comprehensive collections of nursery rhymes: The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951) and The Annotated Mother Goose (1962). Perhaps it was new to the early 20th century. I found it in The Little Mother Goose (1912).
If anyone knows anything else about the origin of this rhyme, or if you recall hearing it growing up, please email me and let me know. -Mama Lisa
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme can be found in The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, and printed in the USA.