Here's a nursery rhyme from the time of Queen Elizabeth…

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Halliwell (a 19th century collector of nursery rhymes) wrote, "The tune to the following may be found in the 'English Dancing Master,' 1631, p. 37."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in The Nursery Rhymes of England edited by James Orchard Halliwell (1843) and A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green.