A Couple of New Year’s Nursery Rhymes and a Quote by Ben Franklin

Here are two old nursery rhymes related to the New Year…

He who is born on New Year’s morn
Will have his own way as sure as you were born.


Married when the year is new,
He’ll be loving, kind and true.


Here’s a quote from Ben Franklin about the New Year…

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Happy New Year!


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2 Responses to “A Couple of New Year’s Nursery Rhymes and a Quote by Ben Franklin”

  1. Jay Says:


    Id like to know if all these nursery rhymes same as nonsensical rhymes? Wats the difference between the two coz ive been looking for nonsensical rhymes thru the internet. Im confused now wat is actually nonsensical rhymes. Pls shed sum light, thank u so much. Id really appreciate ur help.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Nonsense rhymes are a type of nursery rhyme. Nursery rhymes are short poems or songs for kids that usually rhyme. Many have been around for generations.

    Nonsense rhymes usually have an aspect that’s absurd or strange. I think the definition of “nonsense” from the Oxford English Dictionary is very helpful here: “That which is not sense; spoken or written words which make no sense or convey absurd ideas”. Nonsense rhymes often contain words that don’t have any meaning. When the words do mean something – the action that’s occuring in the nonsense rhyme is absurd.

    The most well-known English nursery rhyme that’s a nonsense rhyme is Hey Diddle Diddle:

    Hey, Diddle, Diddle
    The Cat and the Fiddle
    The Cow Jumped Over the Moon.
    The Little Dog Laughed to See Such Sport
    And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.

    Hey Diddle Diddle fits the definition of being absurd!

    If you’d like to see some typical nursery rhymes, you can click the link to visit my Mother Goose site.

    Feel free to ask more questions, I’ll try to help if I can. If anyone else would like to chime in on the meaning of nonsense rhymes, feel free to comment below.

    -Mama Lisa

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