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Boys and Girls, Come Out to Play
Mother Goose


Boys and girls, come out to play,
The moon doth shine as bright as day;
Leave your supper, and leave your sleep,
And come with your playfellows into the street.
Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all.
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A halfpenny loaf will serve us all.
When the loaf is gone, what will you do?
Those who would eat must work, ‘tis true.

This poem is in the public domain.



This sculptured granite statue of Mother Goose
was created by New York City native Frederick
George Richard Roth and his team of craftsmen.
Dedicated in 1938, it sits near the entrance of the
Rumsey Playground in New York’s Central Park.

There is much speculation, and virtually no documentation, regarding the identity of “Mother Goose.” The general belief is that poems by this person originated in France between 1650 and 1697, but there is also some support for an assertion that a Bostonian woman with the last name of Vergoose or Vertigoose, well known for reciting rhymes to her many grandchildren (she and her second husband had 16 children between them), might be the source. Then, again, some say Mother Goose was the wife of King Robert II of France, known as Berthe pied d'oie ("Goose-Footed Bertha"), while others credit the rhymes to the biblical Queen of Sheba. We will likely never know who actually deserves the credit.




Post New Comment:
Fun. Something close to the bone at the end.
Posted 01/27/2020 09:13 AM

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