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Thread #101803   Message #2056982
Posted By: masato sakurai
20-May-07 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: Nursery Rhyme - The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon..
Subject: RE: Nursery Rhyme - The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon..
Quoted from Baroness Rosina Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Cheveley: Or, The Man of Honour (Harper & Bros., 1839, p. 59):
"Child. Hey diddle, diddle,
    The cat and the fiddle--
Mother. Thee ought not say that, Mary; for, Hey diddle, diddle, has no meaning.
Child. The cat and the fiddle,
    The cow jump'd over the moon--
Mother. Stop! thee may say the cat and the fiddle, if thee pleases; but do not say the cow jumped over the moon--say the cow jumped under the moon: for thee should know that a cow cannot jump over the moon, though it may jump under the moon.
Child. The little dog laugh'd to see the sport--
Mother. What, Mary! a dog laugh! Thee should not say so; for thee knows a dog cannot laugh: thee might say the little dog barked, if thee pleases.
Child. While the dish ran after the spoon.
Mother. Mary! Mary! how can a dish run? Does thee not know that a dish has no legs to run with? Thee should have said, the dish and the spoon."--Utilitarian Philosophy for Nurseries and Noodles.