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Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Hey Diddle Diddle Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme & History


Is Imaginative words to the Hey diddle diddle rhyme!
Hey diddle diddle is a fantasy rhyme designed to delight children with impossible images such "the Cow jumped over the Moon"! Walt Disney's team of animators use this type of imagery in animated films to great effect! The term ' Hey diddle diddle' can be found in the works of Shakespeare and was a colloquialism used in much the same vein as "hey nonny no" which can be found in traditional English folk ballads. The original title was 'High Diddle Diddle' but this has been altered to 'Hey Diddle Diddle' over the years with changes to the English language. The first known date of publication for the words of the Hey diddle diddle rhyme is 1765. For a comprehensive Shakespeare website we recommend a visit to william-shakespeare.info

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Hey diddle diddle rhyme

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

Hey diddle diddle rhyme


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