This nursery rhyme can be found in print, in a shorter version, as early as 1626…

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*Mending shoes

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in The Nursery Rhymes of England, collected and edited by James Orchard Halliwell (1843) and The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897).

Halliwell wrote about this rhyme in 1843, "From MS. Sloane, 1489, fol.19, written about the year 1600. Mr. Wright informs me this relates to events in the reign of James I."