*Chid is the past tense of chide.

Here's another version from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith:

Speak When You're Spoken To

Speak when you're spoken to,
Come when once called;
Shut the door after you,
And turn to the wall!


Green said, "In 1754 mothers used to say (this rhyme) to their children".

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The version of this rhyme at the top of the page can be found in A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green.