We'll Go to Our Bed, Said Sleepyhead

DESCRIPTION: Sleepy head says let's go to bed. Slow would sit a while instead. Greedy gut wants the pot put on: "let's sup before we go"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1784 (Joseph Ritson, _Gammer Gurton's Garland: or, The Nursery Parnassus_, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: food nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1638, "We'll Go to Our Bed, Said Sleepyhead" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 481, "Come, Let's to Bed" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #88, p. 86, "(Come, let's to bed)"

Roud #13063
NOTES: John Bellenden Kerr, who never met a nursery rhyme he couldn't use to attack the Catholic Church, claimed to believe this was about friars, (canon) lawyers, and priests. While many members of those classes were indeed greedy guts and sleepyheads, I've known plenty of non-Catholics who meet that description as well. - RBW
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