The Diverting Inadvertences of





Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
    To fetch her poor dog a bone;
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare,
    And so the poor dog had none.
She went to the baker's
    To buy him some bread;
But when she came back
    The poor dog was dead.


She went to the undertaker's
    To buy him a coffin;
But when she came back
    The poor dog was laughing.
She took a clean dish
    To get him some tripe;
But when she came back
    He was smoking a pipe.


She went to the fishmonger's
    To buy him some fish;
But when she came back
    He was licking the dish.
She went to the tavern
    For white wine and red;
But when she came back
    The dog stood on his head.


She went to the fruiterer's
    To buy him some fruit;
But when she came back
    He was playing the flute.
She went to the tailor's
    To buy him a coat;
But when she came back
    He was riding a goat.


She went to the hatter's
    To buy him a hat;
But when she came back
    He was feeding the cat.
She went to the barber's
    To buy him a wig;
But when she came back
    He was dancing a jig.


She went to the cobbler's
    To buy him some shoes;
But when she came back
    He was reading the news.
She went to the seamstress
    To buy him some linen;
But when she came back
    The dog was a-spinning.


She went to the hosier's
    To buy him some hose;
But when she came back
    He was dressed in his clothes.
The dame made a curtsey,
    The dog made a bow;
The dame said, Your servant,
    The dog said, Bow-wow.


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