Hickory Dickory Dock
DESCRIPTION: "Hickory Dickory Dock, A mouse ran up the clock, The clock struck one, The mouse fell down...." Other time-related verses may be added.
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1744 (Tom Thumb's Pretty Song Book)
KEYWORDS: animal nonballad
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 217, "Hickory, dickory, dock" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #8, p. 31, "(Hickory Dickory Dock)"
Jack, p. 70, "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 100, "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" (1 text)
NOTES: Jack mentions a suggestion that this refers to Richard Cromwell, the son of Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England 1658-1659 (succeeding his father). As usual, this is only an hypothesis, and not a particularly convincing one. - RBW
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