jogging the list memory

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at
Wed Apr 6 01:58:04 EDT 2005

While not traditional, one of my favorite poems by Elizabeth Bishop is in
this form, "A Visit to St. Elizabeth's":

And then there's "Where have all the Flowers Gone":

Finally, one of the traditional songs from the Passover Haggadah comes to
mind, an ancient Aramaic rhyme called "One Kid" ("Had Gadiyya"), which is
supposed to be a metaphor for the trials and tribulations of the Jewish

The words, roughly, go:

One Kid, one kid, that father bought for two zuzim    (an ancient coin of
very low denomination)
Cat came and ate the kid
Dog came and bit the cat
Stick came and beat the dog
Fire came and burnt the stick
Water came and quenched the fire
Ox came and drank the water
Butcher came and slaughtered the ox
Angel of death came and killed the butcher
The holy one blessed be his name came and destroyed the angel of death.
One kid, one kid.

(If you ask me, the cat and dog got off cheap.)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dwj at [mailto:owner-dwj at]On Behalf Of Robyn
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:26 AM
To: dwj
Subject: jogging the list memory

Hi All

I have a request for information and am sure your excellent wisdoms can
provide it. I am doing some work on the Corpus Christi Carol. Slightly
modernised text herewith:

Lully, lully, lully, lully,
   The faucon hath born my make away.

He bare him up, he bare him down,
He bare him into an orcahrd brown.

In that orchard there was an halle,
That was hanged with purpill and pall.

And in that hall there was a bede,
It was hanged with gold so rede.

And in that bed there lithe a knight
His woundes bleding day and night.

By that bede side kneleth a may,
And she wepeth both night and day.

And by that bede side there standeth a stone,
"Corpus Christi" wreten there on.

It may be familiar as "Down in Yon Forest", or in the Jeff Buckley version.

What I want to know is, can you think of any other rhymes (possibly
nursery rhymes) with that "in the orchard there was a hall; in the hall
there was a bed" repetitive structure? I read something that suggested
"The House that Jack Built," and I was hoping for some more (possibly
better) examples.


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