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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Sunday, 12 January, 2014

Mother Goose is often cited as the author of hundreds of children’s rhymes that have been passed down through oral and written tradition over the generations. French texts that refer to stories by Mother Goose date back as early as the 17th century and contain the terms mere l’oye or mere oye (Mother Goose). Charles Perrault was the first to publish a Mother Goose collection of rhymes in 1697. The book had the the subtitle Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oie (Tales of my Mother Goose) and essentially initiated the nursery rhymes genre. By 1729, Perrault’s collection had been translated into English in the form of Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

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.

Mother Goose

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep


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