A nick and a nock,
A hen and a cock,
And a penny for my master.
What does a nick and a nock mean? It seems nick and nock can both mean making marks in something. In the case of nick, in can be to keep score. Therefore, it seems reasonable that this rhyme could be referring to cock fights... making nicks to keep score of the rounds. Feel free to write me if you agree or disagree! -Mama Lisa
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This rhyme and illustration can be found in The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes (circa 1920) edited by Walter Jerrold (1865 - 1929) and illustrated by Charles Robinson.