Little Bo Peep

Little Bo peep has lost her sheep, And doesn't know where to find them. Leave them alone and they'll come home, Bringing their tails behind them. Little Bo peep fell fast asleep, And dreamt she heard them bleating, But when she awoke, she found it a joke, For they were all still fleeting.


Then up she took her little crook, Determined for to find them. She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed, For they left their tails behind them. It happened one day, as Bo peep did stray, Into a meadow hard by, There she espied their tails side by side, All hung on a tree to dry. She heaved a sigh, and wiped her eye, And over the hillocks went rambling, And tried what she could, As a shepherdess should, To tack again each to its lambkin.

If there is a morel to this I missed it :) I guess it saying if you fall asleep and not watch your sheep, expect trouble. This ryme does use some old English words though, which you may have missed, words such as espied, hillocks and lambkin.

  • lambkin, very young sheep
  • hillocks, Small hills
  • She suddenly espied someone waving at her from the window

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