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The Mother Goose Treasury


     author:  Raymond Briggs
publisher:  Hamish Hamilton
224 pages / 897 illustrations

A huge treasury of traditional nursery rhymes, many of which you know, many
you only think you know, and many more  you've probably never heard of.
All are beautifully illustrated by Briggs in a myriad of sizes and shapes, and
many are in colour.

There are 408 illustrated rhymes in this volume.

'The Mother Goose Treasury' was awarded the Library
Association Kate Greenaway Medal - 1966

The cover scan is from a 1987 Hamish Hamilton edition. The range and breadth
of illustrative style is quite remarkable. Individual panels, figures, line work
and colour washes dance across the pages, around and inbetween the rhymes.
It's an award-winning  approach that Briggs repeated, and indeed, developed
further in The Fairy Tale Treasury (1982).

 Softback editions of both treasuries were later included in a new slipcased
 presentation called The Raymond Briggs Treasury

For those who need to know, here follows a complete index of first lines
and familiar titles:

A was an apple pie
A was an archer, who shot at a frog
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Anna Maria she sat on the fire
Around the rick, around the rick
As I walked by myself
As I was going o'er London Bridge
As I was going to Banbury
As I was going to Derby
As I was going to sell my eggs
As I was going to St Ives
As I was going up Pippen Hill
As I was walking in a field of wheat
As I went over Lincoln Bridge
As I went over the water
As I went to Bonner
As I went up a slippery gap
As I went up the apple tree
As round as an apple

As soft as silk, as white as milk
As Tommy Snooks and Bessy Brooks
At Brill on the hill
Baa, baa, black sheep
Baby and I
Baby, baby, naughty baby
Barber, barber shave a pig
Bat, bat, come under my hat
Bell horses, bell horses
Betty Botter bought some butter
Black I am and much admired
Black within, and red without
Blind man, blind man
Blow, wind, blow!
Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea
Boughs do shake and the bells do ring, The
Bow-wow says the dog
Bow, wow, wow
Boys and girls come out to play
Brave news is come to town
Bring Daddy home
Bye, baby bunting
Cackle, cackle, Mother Goose
Carrion crow sat on an oak, A
Catch him, crow! Carry him, kite!
Charley Barley, butter and eggs
Charlie Wag
Charlie Warlie had a cow
Christmas comes but once a year
Christmas is coming
Clothed in yellow, red and green
Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe
Cock a doodle doo!
Cock's on the wood pile, The
Cold and raw the north wind doth blow
Come, butter, come
Come here to me, my merry, merry men
Come let's to bed
Cuckoo, cuckoo, cherry tree
Cuckoo, cuckoo, what do you do?
Curly locks, Curly locks
Cushy cow, bonny, let down thy milk
Dame Trot and her cat
Dance to your Daddy
Darby and .Joan were dressed in black
Davy Davy Dumpling
Dear, dear! What can the matter be?
Deedle deedle dumpling, my son John
Dickery, dickery, dare
Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John
Diller, a dollar, A
Ding, dong, bell
Dingty, diddletey
Dis, a dis, a green grass, A
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
Donkey, donkey, old and gray
Dove says, Coo, coo, The
Down by the river
Down with the lambs
Elsie Marley is grown so fine
Eye winker
Fair maid who, the First of May, The
Farmer went trotting upon his grey mare, A
Fee, fi, fo, fum
Fire! Fire! said Mrs Dyer
First day of Christmas, The
First in a carriage
Flour of England, fruit of Spain
For want of a nail
Four and twenty tailors
Four stiff-standers
Fox jumped up one winter's night, A
Frog he would a-wooing go, A
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles
Gay go up and Gay go down
Georgie, Porgie, pudding and pie
Ginger, Ginger broke the winder
Girl in the army, A
Girl in the lane, The
Go to bed first
Go to bed late
Goes through the mud
Goodnight, sweet repose
Goosey, goosey gander
Grandfa' Grig
Great A, little a
Gregory Griggs, Gregory Griggs
Hannah Bantry
Hark, hark
Hart he loves the high wood, The
He that lies at the stock
He that would thrive
He went to the wood and caught it
Hector Protector was dressed all in green
Here am I
Here I am with my rabbits
Here we go round the mulberry bush
Here's Corporal Bull
Here's Sulky Sue
Here's to thee, old apple tree
Hey diddle, diddle
Hickety, pickety, my black hen
Hickory, dickory, dock
Hie to the market, Jenny come trot
Higglety, pigglety, pop!
Higher than a house
Highty tighty, paradighty
Hinx, minx, the old witch winks
Hoddley, poddley, puddle and fogs
Hot cross buns, hot cross buns
House full, a hole full, A
How many miles to Babylon?
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Hush, little baby, don't say a word
Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon
Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree top
I am a pretty wench
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell
I had a dog
I had a little husband
I had a little moppett
I had a little nag
I had a little nut tree
I had a little pony
I had two pigeons bright and gay
I have a little sister, they call her Peep-Peep
I love little pussy
I saw a fishpond all on fire
I saw a pack of cards gnawing a bone
I saw a peacock with a fiery tail
I saw a ship a-sailing
I see the moon
I went into my grandmother's garden
I went to the toad that lies under the wall
I went up the high hill
Ickle ockle, blue bockle
If all the seas were one sea
If all the world was paper
If I'd as much money as I could spend
If I had a donkey that wouldn't go
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
I'll tell you a story
I'm called by the name of a man
I'm the king of the castle
In a cottage in Fife
In marble walls as white as milk
In Spring I look gay
Ipsey Wipsey spider
It's once I courted as pretty a lass
It's raining, it's pouring
Jack and Gye
Jack and Jill
Jack be nimble
Jack Sprat could eat no fat
Jenny Wren fell sick
Jeremiah, blow the fire
Jeremiah Obadiah, puff, puff, puff
Jerry Hall
Jingle, bells! jingle, bells!
John Bull, John Bull
Johnnie Norrie
Ladybird, ladybird The
Land was white, The
Lilies are white
Lion and the unicorn, The
Little Billy Breek
Little black dog ran round the house, The
Little Blue Ben, who lives in the glen
Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep
Little Boy Blue
Little boy, little boy, where were you born?
Little cock sparrow sat on a green tree, A
Little Dicky Dilver
Little fishes in a brook
Little General Monk
Little girl, little girl
Little Jack Dandy-prat
Little Jack Horner
Little maid, pretty maid
Little man in coal pit
Little Miss Muffet
Little Nancy Etticoat
Little old man of Derby, A
Little Poll Parrot
Little Polly Flinders

Little priest of Felton, The
Little Tee-wee
Little Tommy Tittlemouse
Little Tommy Tucker
Lock the dairy door
London Bridge is broken down
Lucy Locket lost her pocket

Magpie, magpie, flutter and flee
Make three-fourths of a cross
Man in the moon drinks claret, The
Man in the Moon looked out of the moon, The
Man in the wilderness asked me, A
March winds and April showers
Mary had a little lamb
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Milkman, milkman, where have you been?
Moll-in-the-Wad and I fell out
Monday's child is fair of face
Moon, moon
Moses supposes his toeses are roses
Mother and Father and Uncle Dick
Mother, may I go out to swim?
Mrs Mason bought a basin
My father died a month ago
My father left me three acres of land
My lady Wind, my lady Wind
My little old man and I fell out
My maid Mary
My mill grinds pepper and spice
My mother said, I never should
Nauty Pauty Jack-a-Dandy
North wind doth blow, The
Nose, nose
Now I lay me down to sleep
Now what do you think
O dear, what can the matter be?
O the little rusty dusty miller
Of all the gay birds that e'er I did see
Oh, soldier, soldier, will you marry me
Oh, that I were
Oh, the brave old Duke of York
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Old Boniface he loved good cheer
Old Doctor Foster
Old Farmer Giles
Old King Cole
Old Mother Goose
Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Shuttle
Old Mother Twitchett has but one eye
Old Roger is dead and laid in his grave
Old Sir Simon the king
Old woman, old woman
Old woman went to market and bought a pig, An
On Saturday night I lost my wife
On the first of March
One misty, moisty morning
One, Two, Buckle my shoe
One, two, three, four, five
One-ery, two-ery, tickery, seven
Oranges and Lemons
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Pease porridge hot
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper
Peter White will ne'er go right
Please to remember
Polly put the kettle on
Punch and Judy
Purple, yellow, red and green
Puss came dancing out of a barn
Pussy cat ate the dumplings
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
Queen of Hearts, The
Queen, Queen Caroline
Rain before seven
Rain on the green grass
Rain, rain, go away
Rats in the garden, catch 'em Towser
Red sky at night
Red stockings, blue stockings
Riddle me, riddle me ree
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross
Ride away, ride away
Ring the bells, ring!
Ring-a-ring o' roses
Robin and a robin's son, A
Robin and Richard
Robin the Bobbin, the big-bellied Ben
Rock-a-bye, baby
Rose is red, the rose is white, The
Roses are red
Round and round the rugged rock
Sally go round the sun
See a pin and pick it up
See-saw, down in my lap
See-saw, Margery Daw
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Shoe a little horse
Simple Simon met a pieman
Sing a song of sixpence
Sing jigmijole, the pudding bowl
Sing, sing
Six little mice sat down to spin
Snail, snail, put out your horns
Snow, snow faster
Solomon Grundy
Sow came in with the saddle, The
St Dunstan, as the story goes
Star light, star bright
Sukey, you shall be my wife
Taffy was a Welshman
Tailor of Bicester, The
Terence McDiddler
There was a crooked man
There was a jolly miller once
There was a lady loved a swine
There was a little boy went into a barn
There was a little girl, and she had a little curl
There was a little maid, and she was afraid
There was a little man and he had a little gun
There was a little man, and he wooed a little maid
There was a little woman
There was a mad man, he had a mad wife
There was a man and he had nought
There was a man, he went mad
There was a man of double deed
There was a man of Thessaly
There was a monkey climbed a tree
There was a rat, for want of stairs
There was a thing a full month old
There was an old crow
There was an old man, and he had a calf
There was an old man who lived in Middle Row
There was an old woman called Nothing-at-all
There was an old woman had three Cows
There was an old woman, her name was Peg
There was an old woman lived under a hill
There was an old woman sat spinning
There was an old woman tossed up in a basket
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
There were once two cats of Kilkenny
There were three cooks of Colebrook
There were three jovial Welshmen
There were two birds sat on a stone
Thirty days hath September
Thirty white horses
This is the house that Jack built
This is the key of the kingdom
This is the way the ladies ride
This little pig had a rub-a-dub
This little pig went to market
This year, next year
Three blind mice, see how they run
Three children sliding on the ice
Three little ghostesses
Three little kittens
Three wise men of Gothan
Three young rats with black felt hats
Tickly, tickly on your knee
Tinker tailor...
Tit, tat, toe
To market, to market
To sleep easy all night
Tom Thumbkin
Tom, Tom, the piper's son
Tommy O'Linn was a Scotsman born
Tommy Trot, a man of law
Trip upon trenchers, and dance upon dishes
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Two brothers we are
Two legs sat upon three legs
Up and down the city road
Up at Piccadilly oh!
Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire
We are all in the dumps
We will go to the wood, says Robin to Bobbin
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town
What are little boys made of, made of?
What's in there?
What's the news of the day?
When good King Arthur ruled this land
When I was a little boy I had but little wit
When I was a little boy I lived by myself
When I was a little boy I washed my mammy's dishes
When I was a little boy my mammy kept me in
When I was a little girl
When Jacky's a good boy
When the wind is in the east
Where are you going to, my pretty maid?
Who killed Cock Robin?
Who made the pie?
William and Mary
Willy boy, Willy boy, where are you going?
Winds they did blow, The
Wine and cakes for gentlemen
Wise old owl sat in an oak, A
Yankee Doodle came to town
See also:  The Fairy Tale Treasury
                 The Raymond Briggs Treasury

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