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Famous Higgledy Piggledy Poems by Famous Poets

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by Browning, Robert
Fair play's a jewel! Leave friends in the lurch?
Stand on a line ere you start for the church!


Higgledy piggledy, packed we lie,
Rats in a hamper, swine in a stye,
Wasps in a bottle, frogs in a sieve,
Worms in a carcase, fleas in a sleeve.
Hist! square shoulders, settle your thumbs
And buzz for the bishop---here he comes.


Bow, wow, wow---a bone for the dog!
I liken his Grace to an acorned hog.
What, a boy at his side, with the bl...Read More

by Goose, Mother
...;   And I'll get a wife as fast as I can;With a heighty gaily gamberally,    Higgledy piggledy, niggledy, niggledy,    Gallop a dreary dun....Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...Higgledy piggledy, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day
To count what my black hen doth lay.
If perchance she lays too many,
They fine my hen a pretty penny;
If perchance she fails to lay,
The gentlemen a bonus pay.

Mumbledy pumbledy, my red cow,
She’s cooperating now.
At first she didn’t understand
That milk p...Read More

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