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Best Famous Mother Goose Poems

Here is a collection of the all-time best famous Mother Goose poems. This is a select list of the best famous Mother Goose poetry. Reading, writing, and enjoying famous Mother Goose poetry (as well as classical and contemporary poems) is a great past time. These top poems are the best examples of mother goose poems.

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A Star


Higher than a house, higher than a tree.
Oh! whatever can that be?


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A Sunshiny Shower


A sunshiny shower
Won't last half an hour.
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Life doesn't frighten me at all

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all
 
Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn't frighten me at all
 
Mean old Mother Goose
Lions on the loose
They don't frighten me at all
 
Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesn't frighten me at all.
 
I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won't cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild
 
Life doesn't frighten me at all.
 
Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn't frighten me at all.
 
Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don't frighten me at all.
 
That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They don't frighten me at all.
 
Don't show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I'm afraid at all
It's only in my dreams.
 
I've got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.
 
Life doesn't frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.
 
Life doesn't frighten me at all.
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The Tarts

 
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A Little Man

 

There was a little man, and he had a little gun,
  And his bullets were made of lead, lead, lead;
He went to the brook, and saw a little duck,
  And shot it right through the head, head, head.

He carried it home to his old wife Joan,
  And bade her a fire to make, make, make.
To roast the little duck he had shot in the brook,
  And he'd go and fetch the drake, drake, drake.

The drake was a-swimming with his curly tail;
  The little man made it his mark, mark, mark.
He let off his gun, but he fired too soon,
  And the drake flew away with a quack, quack, quack.
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Ride Away, Ride Away


Ride away, ride away,
  Johnny shall ride,
And he shall have pussy-cat
  Tied to one side;
And he shall have little dog
  Tied to the other,
And Johnny shall ride
  To see his grandmother.

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The Ballad Of The Harp-Weaver

 "Son," said my mother,
When I was knee-high,
"you've need of clothes to cover you,
and not a rag have I.
"There's nothing in the house To make a boy breeches, Nor shears to cut a cloth with, Nor thread to take stitches.
"There's nothing in the house But a loaf-end of rye, And a harp with a woman's head Nobody will buy," And she began to cry.
That was in the early fall.
When came the late fall, "Son," she said, "the sight of you Makes your mother's blood crawl,— "Little skinny shoulder-blades Sticking through your clothes! And where you'll get a jacket from God above knows.
"It's lucky for me, lad, Your daddy's in the ground, And can't see the way I let His son go around!" And she made a ***** sound.
That was in the late fall.
When the winter came, I'd not a pair of breeches Nor a shirt to my name.
I couldn't go to school, Or out of doors to play.
And all the other little boys Passed our way.
"Son," said my mother, "Come, climb into my lap, And I'll chafe your little bones While you take a nap.
" And, oh, but we were silly For half and hour or more, Me with my long legs, Dragging on the floor, A-rock-rock-rocking To a mother-goose rhyme! Oh, but we were happy For half an hour's time! But there was I, a great boy, And what would folks say To hear my mother singing me To sleep all day, In such a daft way? Men say the winter Was bad that year; Fuel was scarce, And food was dear.
A wind with a wolf's head Howled about our door, And we burned up the chairs And sat upon the floor.
All that was left us Was a chair we couldn't break, And the harp with a woman's head Nobody would take, For song or pity's sake.
The night before Christmas I cried with cold, I cried myself to sleep Like a two-year old.
And in the deep night I felt my mother rise, And stare down upon me With love in her eyes.
I saw my mother sitting On the one good chair, A light falling on her From I couldn't tell where.
Looking nineteen, And not a day older, And the harp with a woman's head Leaned against her shoulder.
Her thin fingers, moving In the thin, tall strings, Were weav-weav-weaving Wonderful things.
Many bright threads, From where I couldn't see, Were running through the harp-strings Rapidly, And gold threads whistling Through my mother's hand.
I saw the web grow, And the pattern expand.
She wove a child's jacket, And when it was done She laid it on the floor And wove another one.
She wove a red cloak So regal to see, "She's made it for a king's son," I said, "and not for me.
" But I knew it was for me.
She wove a pair of breeches Quicker than that! She wove a pair of boots And a little cocked hat.
She wove a pair of mittens, Shw wove a little blouse, She wove all night In the still, cold house.
She sang as she worked, And the harp-strings spoke; Her voice never faltered, And the thread never broke, And when I awoke,— There sat my mother With the harp against her shoulder, Looking nineteeen, And not a day older, A smile about her lips, And a light about her head, And her hands in the harp-strings Frozen dead.
And piled beside her And toppling to the skies, Were the clothes of a king's son, Just my size.


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Thirty Days Hath September


Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year, that's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine.
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For Want Of A Nail


For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
For want of the shoe, the horse was lost;
For want of the horse, the rider was lost;
For want of the rider, the battle was lost;
For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

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What Are Little Boys Made Of?


What are little boys made of, made of?
What are little boys made of?
"Snaps and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails;
And that's what little boys are made of.
"
What are little girls made of, made of?
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice, and all that's nice;
And that's what little girls are made of.
"
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