Posted by: Indonesian Children | June 17, 2009

OLD POEMS : Bah, Bah, Black Sheep

Bah, Bah, Black Sheep

Bah, bah, black sheep,
    Have you any wool?
  Yes, many have I,
    Three bags full;
  One for my master,
    One for my dame,
  But none for the little boy
  Who cries in the lane.

Notes

There are many versions of this poem.

Baa Baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes Sir! Yes Sir!
Three bags full.

One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Then there is the additional final verse that has been added by another anonymous writer. Trying to teach good manners obviously.

Thank you said the master,
Thank you said the dame
And thank you said the little boy
Who lived down the lane……

The lyrical form of this poem is abcbdefe.

1. Cf. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, ed. Iona and
Peter Opie (1951\; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), no. 55, p. 88,
whose version, based on Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book
(1744), ends “And one for the little boy / Who lives down the lane.”

 

1650-1950, written in 1744

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