DESCRIPTION: "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man! So I will, master, as fast as I can: Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with T [or B], Put in the oven for Tommy [baby] and me"
EARLIEST DATE: 1698 (Tom D'Urfey's _The Campaigners_, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: food nonballad baby
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Greig #2, pp. 2-3, "Pat-a-cake" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan8 1693, "Pat-a-Cake" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 396, "Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #600, p. 239, "(Patty Cake, Patty Cake)"
Dolby, p. 162, Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Orchard Halliwell, The Nursery Rhymes of England (London, 1843 ("Digitized by Google")),#285 p. 161, ("Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man")
NOTES: The version I learned of this has a different second line than the version in most of the sources cited: "Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can...."
According to the Baring-Goulds, a Patty Cake or pat-a-cake is a small cake with currants. - RBW
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