Old Mother Hubbard

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Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard

Went to the cupboard,

To give the poor dog a bone:

When she came there,

The cupboard was bare,

And so the poor dog had none.

She went to the baker’s

To buy him some bread;

When she came back

The dog was dead!

She went to the undertaker’s

To buy him a coffin;

When she came back

The dog was laughing.

She took a clean dish

to get him some tripe;

When she came back

He was smoking his pipe.

She went to the alehouse

To get him some beer;

When she came back

The dog sat in a chair.

She went to the tavern

For white wine and red;

When she came back

The dog stood on his head.

She went to the fruiterer’s

To buy him some fruit;

When she came back

He was playing the flute.

She went to the tailor’s

 To buy him a coat;

 When she came back

He was riding a goat.

She went to the hatter’s

To buy him a hat;

 When she came back

He was feeding her cat.

She went to the barber’s

To buy him a wig

When she came back

He was dancing a jig.

 She went to the cobbler’s

To buy him some shoes;

When she came back

He was reading the news.

She went to the sempstress

To buy him some linen;

When she came back

The dog was spinning.

She went to the hosier’s

To buy him some hose;

When she came back

He was dressed in his clothes.

 The Dame made a curtsy,

The dog made a bow;

The Dame said,

Your servant;

The dog said, Bow-wow.

This wonderful dog

Was Dame Hubbard’s delight,

He could read, he could dance,

He could sing, he could write;

 She gave him rich dainties

Whenever he fed,

And erected this monument

When he was dead.

Sarah Catherine Martin

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