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Alphabe Thursday S is for Simple Simon

September 25, 2014



Simple Simon met a pieman,

Going to the fair;

Says Simple Simon to the pieman,

Let me taste your ware.


Says the pieman to Simple Simon,

Show me first your penny;

Says Simple Simon to the pieman;

Indeed I have not any.


Simple Simon went a-fishing,

For to catch a whale;

All the water he had got

Was in his mother’s pail.


Simple Simon went to look

If plums grew on a thistle;

He pricked his finger very much,

Which made poor Simon whistle.


These are four verses heard in the nursery or at our mother’s knee. I can remember reciting this to my brother and thinking ‘what a silly boy.’ However, we was  for centuries recognised as the simpleton in chapbooks that circulated in Elizabethan times.  

A ballad called Simple Simon’s misfortunes and his wife Margery’s cruelty also know as Dead and alive dates back from 1685

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2014 3:45 pm

    Ah! Great post for S that brings wonderful childhood memories!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  2. September 25, 2014 5:37 pm

    I remember that one from so long ago….

  3. September 25, 2014 10:27 pm

    Good old Simple Simon. I think of this nursery rhyme every time a bake a pie.

  4. Jim permalink
    September 26, 2014 1:53 am

    Good set of “S” words, Helen. Our class of two had them memorized before we got to school, I think most kids do.

    • September 26, 2014 1:54 am

      a better link

    • September 26, 2014 7:35 am

      Yes ; for children and adults they are rhythmical and almost sensationalist. It seems good to hear about the misfortunes of others … xxxx

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