Higgledy Piggledy, My Black Hen
DESCRIPTION: "Higgledy piggledy, my black hen, She lays eggs for gentlemen, Gentlemen come every day To see what my black hen doth lay, Sometimes nine and sometimes ten, Higgledy piggledy, my black hen."
EARLIEST DATE: 1853 (according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: Bird chickens food
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (7 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1665, "Hickerty, Pickerty, My Black Hen" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #299, p. 171, "(Hickety, pickety, my black hen)"
Opie-Oxford2 209, "Hickety, pickety, my black hen" (1 text)
Jack, p. 74, "Higgledy, Piggledy, My Black Hen" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 100, "Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Iona and Peter Opie, _Children's Games in Street and Playground_, Oxford, 1969, 1984, p. 38, "(Skinty, tinty, my black hen)"
cf. "Cluck Old Hen" (partial theme)
NOTES: The spelling of the first couple of words of this piece vary greatly ("Hickety, pickety," "Hickerty, pickerty," "Higgledy Piggledy"). I doubt any particular form is authoritative, so I spelled it the way I learned it way back when. I don't recall a tune, but there are enough references that it may be a traditional song. - RBW
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