Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John


Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John
"Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John"
Roud #19709
Written by Traditional
Published 1797
Written England
Language English
Form Nursery rhyme

"Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John" is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19709.

Lyrics

The most commonly used modern version is:

Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John,
Went to bed with his trousers on;
One shoe off, and the other shoe on,
Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John.[1]

Origins

The rhyme is first recorded when printed in The Newest Christmas Box published in London around 1797. It may be derived from 'Diddle, diddle, diddle Dumpling', a traditional street cry of hot dumpling sellers.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), pp. 245-6.



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