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Posted By: GUEST,Robin Madge
08-Sep-05 - 08:00 AM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
My mother(84) says the following and claims she learnt it as a children's rhyme

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny a farthing will do
If you haven't got a farthing a shoe(sic) will do
If you have'nt got a shoe then God bless you.

This is from Somerset U.K. and is fairly common around the country except for the "shoe" line. My theory is that it is a corruption of "sou" and dates back to when french and other foreign currency was accepted in England.

Robin Madge