This rhyme goes back to the 1700's…

Up Hill and Down Dale - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*A dale is a valley or a river valley.
**A vale is an especially wide and flat valley that often has a river or stream running through it.
***Straightway/without delay


Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found it in The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, and printed in the USA. The illustration comes from An Alphabet of Old Friends (1874) by Walter Crane (with a little graphical editing by Lisa Yannucci).