Buzz, Quoth The Blue Fly - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Written during the Renaissance by Ben Jonson.

Originally the last line was, "Else it was thee".

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, and printed in the USA. This rhyme can also be found in The Nursery Rhymes of England (1843), collected and edited by James Orchard Halliwell.

The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes (circa 1920) edited by Walter Jerrold (1865 – 1929) and illustrated by Charles Robinson.