Dingle Dingle Doosey
DESCRIPTION: "Dingle, dingle, doosey, The cat's in the well; The dog's away to Bellingen, To buy the bairn a bell"
EARLIEST DATE: 1810 (Ritson)
KEYWORDS: nonballad animal dog baby
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 175, "Round, Round Rosie" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 135, "Dingle dingle doosey" (2 texts)
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Ritson, Gammer Gurton's Garland (Glasgow, 1866 (reprinted from London, 1810 edition)), p. 47, ("Dingle, dingle, doosey") (1 text)
cf. "Ding, Dong, Bell" ("cat's in the well" lyric)
NOTES [31 words]: The current description is all of the Ritson text.
Ritson: "This is a Scottish ditty, on whirling round a piece of lighted paper to the child. The paper is called the dingle doosey." - BS
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