Hey! diddle, diddle
Our collection of nursery songs may appropriately be concluded with the Quaker's commentary on one of the greatest favourites--Hey! diddle, diddle. We have endeavoured, as far as practicable, to remove every line from the present edition that could offend the most fastidious ear; but the following annotations on a song we cannot be induced to omit, would appear to suggest that our endeavours are scarcely likely to be attended with success.
“"Hey! diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle"--
Yes, thee may say that, for that is nonsense.
"The cow jumped over the moon"--
Oh no! Mary, thee musn't say that, for that is a falsehood;
thee knows a cow could never jump over the moon; but a cow may
jump under it; so thee ought to say--"The cow jumped under
the moon." Yes,--
"The cow jumped under the moon;
The little dog laughed"--
Oh Mary, stop. How can a little dog laugh? thee knows a
little dog can't laugh. Thee ought to say--"The little dog
barked--to see the sport,"
"And the dish ran after the spoon"--
Stop, Mary, stop. A dish could never run after a spoon; thee
ought to know that. Thee had better say--"And the cat ran
after the spoon." So,--
"Hey! diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jump'd under the moon;
The little dog bark'd
To see the sport,
And the cat ran after the spoon!"”
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