nursery rhyme lyrics & origins

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Bobby Snooks

Nursery Rhyme & History


We have placed this Nursery Rhyme, Little Bobby Snooks, in our category 'Lost Lyrics of an Old Nursery Rhyme'. Can you help us identify the the place of origin or history of this lesser known children's nursery rhyme? Contact us at we'd love to hear from you!

What, or who were Ushers?
The words "loved by his Usher and Master" are mentioned in the Nursery Rhyme, but who or what, were the Ushers? The Ushers were first mentioned as junior masters or senior pupils who taught the rudiments of Latin to younger pupils at the Elizabethan Grammar School. Readers might be interested to note that another 'Snooks' is mentioned in a Nursery Rhyme: Tommy Snooks and Bessie Brooks.

Bermondsey Church & School 1849, London.


1849 Picture of Bermondsey Church & School, London.  

Bobby Snooks
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

Little Bobby Snooks was fond of his books,
And loved by his Usher and Master;
But naughty Jack Spry, he got a black eye,
And carries his nose in a plaster.

Bobby Snooks
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history


Note: A Rhymes lyrics and the perceived origins of some Nursery Rhymes vary according to location


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