“One Misty Moisty Morning” – A Nursery Rhyme about Cloudy Weather

It’s been wet, rainy, and foggy here in the Northeast. Yesterday, Pam wrote me looking for One Misty Moisty Morning. It’s one of my favorites! So I thought I’d share it with you. Here the version I have, that I sent to Pam…

One Misty Moisty Morning

One misty, moisty, morning,
When cloudy was the weather,
There I met an old man
All clothed in leather,
All clothed in leather,
With a cap under his chin.
How do you do?
And how do you do?
And how do you do again?

Pam was familiar with a different version of One Misty Moisty Morning. She found it in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and sent it to me. Here it is…

One Misty, Moisty Morning

One misty, moisty morning,
When cloudy was the weather,
I chanced to meet an old man
Clothed all in leather:
He began to compliment,
And I began to grin–
“How do you do?” and “How do you do?”
And “How do you do?” again!

Many thanks to Pam for reminding me of this delightful rhyme and for sending me the 2nd version!

Come visit Mama Lisa’s House of Nursery Rhymes for more English Nursery Rhymes.

Meanwhile, if it’s wet near you too, I hope you stay dry!


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13 Responses to ““One Misty Moisty Morning” – A Nursery Rhyme about Cloudy Weather”

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  3. Liz B Says:

    Does anyone know who wrote “One Misty Moisty Morning”?

  4. Uly Says:

    Nobody “wrote” it, Liz B, as it’s a folk song. It’s the first verse of the Wiltshire Wedding, though.

  5. Aja Says:

    Uly and Liz B, it is a nursery rhyme. It was made into a song by Steeleye Span.

  6. Susan Says:

    I learned a version like the second one you show here except that the old man was “clad all in leather.” Thanks for posting!

  7. Windy Says:

    The second one is what I know of and yes it was clad all in leather.I grew up with a Mother Goose Record(yes vinyl)and I played it over and over.This was one of my favorites along with “There was a girl that had a little curl”Thank you for the memory!

  8. Old Pilot Says:

    “There was a little girl, and she had a little curl. Right in the middle of her fored head. And when she was ood, she was vary, very food. And when she was bad, she as horrid.

  9. Helen Says:

    My grandmother used to sing this – different words and slightly different tune – one misty moisty morning, and cloudy was the weather, ….(forgot next line)……….. she looked so sweet and charming, in every high degree, she looked so sweet and nimble-o, ironing of her linen-o, dashing away with the smoothing iron, dashing away with the smoothing iron, dashing away with the smoothing iron, she stole my heart away (grandmother was from Yorkshire and sang it to me years before Steeleyespan !)

  10. Lisa Says:

    That’s interesting Helen! It seems the song usually goes:

    Twas on a Monday (each verse uses another day of the week) morning
    When I beheld my darling
    She looked so neat and charming
    In every high degree
    She looked so neat and nimble, O
    [ A-washing | A-shaking | A-drying | A-airing | A-ironing | A-folding | A-wearing ] of her linen, O

    Dashing away with the smoothing iron
    Dashing away with the smoothing iron
    Dashing away with the smoothing iron
    She stole my heart away.

    I love your grandma’s version!

    -Mama Lisa

  11. Ann Dick Says:

    My #1 grand daughter, Jenny, teaching her high school English class called me from the class! She’d told them how her grandfather (a Pediatrician) used to recite HER poem, “Jenny kissed me”, and asked if I could remember any other poem. Immediately I started with “One misty, moisty morning”, which I loved to read from a delightful book to my nine children. I must try to find that book, because it had the most beautiful illustrations.
    Thank you for having it “on tap” for a 91 year old grand and great Memom!!! Fondly, Ann

  12. Margaret Gibbs Says:

    Probably too many years have passed for me to add to this thread, but I’ll try. Back in the early 1940s, I learned a different version to the “misty, moisty morning” song and don’t remember now which of my grandmothers sang it to me. One was born in the Scottish Borders in 1884, the other was born in Cornwall in 1867. It’s the version I taught our children and grandchildren, and now the great-grandchildren who are starting to arrive:

    ‘Twas a misty, moisty morning,
    When cloudy was the weather.
    I chanced to meet an old man,
    Clothed all in leather.
    He was clothed all in leather
    From his heels unto his head.
    He winked at me, he smiled at me,
    And this is what he said.
    “Say ‘How do you do, and shake hands,
    Shake hands, shake hands.
    How do you do and shake hands,
    And state your name and business.'”

    Frankly, I’ve never heard any of the versions I’ve read here and other places on the internet. Mine seem to be exclusive to the little corners of Britain from where my ancestors came, but I’m very sure of them. I’ve been singing them since I was in nursery school in Vancouver, Canada. We all sang it in a circle and shook hands with the children beside us when we came to those words.

  13. Tammy and The Celtic Dancers from Madison Says:

    The ren fair dancers taught me the rhyme…

    One misty moisty morning, when cloudy was the weather,
    I saw a young man walking all clad in leather,
    he was all clad in leather with a bonnet beneath his chin,
    Singing howdy do, howdy do and howdy do again.

    There are other verses that seemed to be a competition for
    the most suggestive version telling of a story of a drunken sheppard
    passed out under a tree and two maiden that came to milk the goats found him
    they decided to tie one of their ribbons (on it) and leave.
    When he woke he went to “go” and he said,
    “I don’t know where I been or what I’ve done, but it looks like I won first prize !”
    Of course this came with jokes of the ease of a kilt.

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