This comes from a collection of African-American folk rhymes collected nearly a century ago. It's in a dialect.

Pretty Liddle Butterfly - African American Children's Songs - Historical African American - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

*This means "sure" and is pronounced as "show".

Banner

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise, with a Study by Thomas W. Talley of Fisk University (1922).

Standard English version by Lisa Yannucci.