See-Saw, Marjorie Daw, The Old Hen Flew over the Malt House
DESCRIPTION: "See, saw, Margery Daw, The old hen flew over the malt house, She counted her chickens one by one, Still she missed the little white one, And this is it, this is it, this is it."
EARLIEST DATE: 1853 (Halliwell, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: chickens nonballad
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 337, "See-saw, Margery Daw" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #578, p. 233, "(See, saw, Margery Daw)"; cf. #622, p. 247, "(See saw, Margery Daw)"; #624, p. 248, ("See Saw, Margery Daw)"
Dolby, p. 164, "See-Saw, Margery Day" (1 text)
cf. "See-saw, Jack a Daw" (lyric form)
cf. "See-Saw, Margery Daw, Jacky Shall Have a New Master" (lyric form)
cf. "See-Saw, Margery Daw, Sold Her Bed and Lay On Straw" (lyric form)
NOTES [93 words]: Opie-Oxford2 has two other entries beginning "See-saw,Margery Daw, Jacky shall have a new master" [Opie-Oxford2 335] and "See-saw, Margery Daw, Sold her bed and lay upon straw" [Opie-Oxford2 336], which see also
In 1873, T. B. Aldrich wrote a story about Marjorie Daw (who did not actually exist). I don't know if the story inspired some of the rhymes, or whether they all predate it.
Roud lumps the various Margery Daw rhymes, which is certainly understandable, but they do not normally seem to have circulated as one piece, so I'd call them separate. - RBW
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