Mitty Matty Had a Hen - Irish Children's Songs - Ireland - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Here's another version from Ireland from "The Counting-out Rhymes of Children" (1888) by Henry Carrington Bolton:

Mitty Matty had a hen,
She lays white eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day,
Mitty Matty runs away.
Hi! ho! who is at home?
Father, mother, Jumping Joan.
O-U-T out,
Take off the latch and walk out.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The illustration comes from "The Lullaby : With Original Engravings" (c1851). It was graphically edited by Mama Lisa.