- Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John
"Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John"
Written by Traditional Published 1797 Written England Language English Form Nursery rhyme
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.
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.
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