The Real Mother Goose

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
 To give her poor dog a bone;
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare,
 And so the poor dog had none.

She went to the baker’s
 To buy him some bread;
When she came back
 The dog was dead.

She went to the undertaker’s
 To buy him a coffin;
When she got back
 The dog was laughing.

She took a clean dish
 To get him some tripe;
When she came back
 He was smoking a pipe.

She went to the alehouse
 To get him some beer;
When she came back
 The dog sat in a chair.

She went to the tavern
 For white wine and red;
When she came back
 The dog stood on his head.

She went to the hatter’s
 To buy him a hat;
When she came back
 He was feeding the cat.

She went to the barber’s
 To buy him a wig;
When she came back
 He was dancing a jig.

She went to the fruiterer’s
 To buy him some fruit;
When she came back
 He was playing the flute.

She went to the tailor’s
 To buy him a coat;
When she came back
 He was riding a goat.

She went to the cobbler’s
 To buy him some shoes;
When she came back
 He was reading the news.

She went to the sempster’s
 To buy him some linen;
When she came back
 The dog was a-spinning.

She went to the hosier’s
 To buy him some hose;
When she came back
 He was dressed in his clothes.

The dame made a curtsy,
 The dog made a bow;
The dame said, “Your servant,”
 The dog said, “Bow-wow.”

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