Vere wrote looking for information about 2 tickling rhymes…
My grandfather (1882-1976)’s tickling rhyme:
Set the sun
Til daylight’s sprung
When in came Dad
With his long rod
And lashed us all from ear to ear
Stick a needle in your ear!
I have never heard anyone but my late grandfather use the rhyme. He used it to amuse his children and grandchildren before bed. He would begin the rhyme at the child’s toes and walk the fingers of one hand slowly up the child’s foot, leg, torso, neck, head meanwhile reciting this tickling rhyme. It would end with a surprise as he suddenly stuck his finger in your ear “Stick a needle in your ear!” (Although it could have been “Stick a beetle in your ear”.)
My grandmother had a similar rhyme, not so drawn out or as violent:
“Creep mouse, creep mouse
Up to the knee
Creep a little further
Tick, tick, tee!”
At which point she’d tickle the child’s ear or under its chin.
My maternal grandfather, William Harold Hunt (born Lennoxville, Quebec) and my maternal grandmother Minnie Pearl Taylor (born Richmond, Quebec) were born in the eastern townships of Quebec. My grandfather Hunt’s ancestry is United Empire Loyalist and back further to Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland.
Unsuccessfully, I have tried for years to find these rhyme’s origins.
I’ve written to Michelle Landsburg, children’s author. She referred me to the children’s librarian at the City of Toronto library. No one had hear of them.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who can shed some light on the rhymes’ origins.
If anyone has heard this rhyme, or if you know anything about the origins of it, please let us know in the comments below. Also, feel free to share any tickling rhymes you heard growing up.
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