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There was a Little Man

Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Origins and History

 

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There was a Little Man
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

There was a little man
Who wooed a little maid;
And he said; "Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed?
I have little more to say

So will you ay or nay?
For the least said is soonest men-ded, ded, ded."
Then the little maid replied:
"Should I be your little bride

Pray what must we have for to eat, eat, eat?
Will the flame that you’re so rich in
Light a fire in the kitchen?
Or the little God of Love turn the spit, spit, spit?"

Alternative words: Our thanks go to Anna for these alternative words
Alternative Words to 'There was a Little Man'

There was a little man,
Who wooed a little maid,
And he said, "Little maid, will you wed, wed, wed?
I have little more to say,
So will you, yea or nay,
For the least said is soonest mended-ded, ded, ded."

Then the little maid she said,
Little sir, you've little said,
To induce a little maid for to wed, wed,wed,
You must say a little more,
And produce a little ore,
Ere I to the church will be led, led,led

Then the little man replied,
If you'll be a little bride,
I will raise me love notes a little higher, higher, higher,
Though I little love to prate,
Yet you'll find my heart is great,
With the little God of Love all on fire, fire, fire

The little maid replied,
"Should I be your little bride,
Pray, what must we have for to eat, eat, eat?
Will the flame that you're so rich in
Light a fire in the kitchen?
Or the little God of Love turn the spit, spit, spit?"

Then the little man he sighed,
And some say a little cried,
And his little heart was big with sorrow, sorrow, sorrow,
I'll be your little slave,
And if the little that I have,
Be too little, little dear, I will borrow, borrow, borrow.

Then the little man so gent,
Made the little maid relent,
And set her little soul a-thinking, king, king,
Though his little was but small,
Yet she had his little all,
And could have of a cat but her skin, skin, skin.

There was a Little Man
Nursery Rhyme lyrics, origins and history

 

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