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|Old Mother Hubbard
(aka The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog)
by Sarah Catherine Martin (1768-1826)
|It was a bestselling booklet in 1805. The version here was adapted from a copy in The Oxford Book of Children's Verse, eds. Iona and Peter Opie (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), pages 125-126.|
Old Mother Hubbard went to (a place).
When she got there/came back, (what she saw).
NOTE: Do not read aloud the words within the parentheses ( ).
Old Mother Hubbard
went to the cupboard \'KA-berd\
to give the poor dog a bone.
When she got there,
the cupboard was bare,
and so the poor dog had none.
She went to the bakery \'BEI-k(a)-ri\ to buy him some bread.
When she came back, the dog was dead.
She went to the funeral \'FYUN-ral\ home to buy him a coffin.
When she came back, the dog was laughing.
She got a clean dish to get him some tripe \chraip\.
When she came back, he was smoking his pipe.
She went to the brewery \'BRU-a-ri\ to get him some beer.
When she came back, the dog sat in a chair.
She went to the winery \'WAI-na-ri\ for white wine and red.
When she came back, the dog stood on his head.
She went to Ralphs (supermarket) to buy him some fruit.
When she came back, he was playing the flute.
She went to Target (superstore) to buy him a coat.
When she came back, he was riding a goat.
She went to Wal-Mart (superstore) to buy him a hat.
When she came back, he was feeding the cat.
She went to Supercuts (hair salon) to buy him a wig.
When she came back, he was dancing a jig.
She went to Payless (shoe store) to buy him some shoes.
When she came back, he was reading the news.
She went to Bed Bath & Beyond (home decor store) to buy some linen.
When she came back, the dog was spinning.
She went to Sears (department store) to buy him some hose.
When she came back, he was dressed in his clothes.
The dame made a curtsy.
The dog made a bow.
The dame said, "Your servant."
The dog said, "Bow-wow."
cupboard \'KA-berd\: closet with shelves for dishes or food
tripe \chraip\: part of the stomach of an animal used as food
jig \jig\: lively dance
linen \'LI-nen\: bed sheets made from linen
*pronunciation for 5-vowel languages
hose \houz\: stockings, socks
dame \deim\: old-fashioned word for "woman"
curtsy \'KERT-si\: courteous bow