This was first published in a collection of African-American rhymes nearly a century ago. It's in a dialect.

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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.

Illustration by Monique Palomares.