Front Cover
 The story of hey-diddle-diddle
 The cat and the fiddle
 The cow she jumped over the...
 The little dog laughed to see such...
 The dish ran away with the...
 The end of hey-diddle-diddle
 Back Cover

Group Title: Aunt Louisa's big picture series
Title: Hey diddle diddle
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00026656/00001
 Material Information
Title: Hey diddle diddle
Series Title: Aunt Louisa's big picture series
Physical Description: 10 leaves : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Publisher: McLoughlin Brothers
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [1872?]
Subject: Nursery rhymes -- 1872   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1872   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1872
Genre: Nursery rhymes   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
General Note: Story based on the traditional nursery rhyme.
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Text on p. 2-3 of cover; publisher's advertisement on p. 4 of cover.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00026656
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001751550
oclc - 13466334
notis - AJG4486

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    The story of hey-diddle-diddle
        Page 1
        Page 2
    The cat and the fiddle
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The cow she jumped over the moon
        Page 5
        Page 6
    The little dog laughed to see such sport
        Page 7
        Page 8
    The dish ran away with the spoon
        Page 9
        Page 10
    The end of hey-diddle-diddle
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
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T HERE was once uppn a time a little boy named Hey-diddle. He
I wwas a pretty little boy and a cleyer little boy; but there was
one thing about him unlike any other little boy who had ever been
seen. He had never been heard to laugh or seen to smile. His father
and mother-and they were a great lord and a grand lady-were sorely
grieved. They sent for one doctor after another, but no good came
of any of them: they tickled him all over, even his knees and the
soles of his feet, but it was all of no use.
"Oh, my D)iddle-diddle, darling," said his mother, if you don't
laugh I shall die." But he didn't laugh, and the grand lady lived on
still, though after that day the young lord went by the name of Hey-
diddle-diddle. The great lord offered a reward to the person who should
make his boy laugh.
Hey-diddle had a fairy godmother, but she had so many god-
, children that she only went to see each of them once in five years.
Accordingly, on Hey-diddle-diddle's fifth birthday, she came in at the
nursery window. His nurse was doing out Hey-diddle's curls.
Well, my boy," said the Fairy,'" I'm your godmother; haven't you
Sgot a smile for me?"
i Please your ladyship," said the nurse, curtseying, "he don't do
it, nor laugh neither." .--._,
The Fairy stamped her foot; and though she was such a little
i mite, the nursery shook. "You are a set of donkeys," she said; "take
the child to Dame Nature-she'll make him laugh."
h "Please, ma'am, where does the lady live? said the nurse; but
\he fairy godmother had vanished.

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T ELL, to be sure," said the nurse, "who is Dame Nature, I wonder?
V I've heard of Dame Trot, and Mother Bunch, and Mother Goose,
and Mother Hubbard-they are all nursery folk, of course-but I never
saw Dame, Nature in my young lord's nursery, and I shouldn't know
her if I did." And then the nurse thought of the reward. "I shan't
tell any one a word of this," said she. The only plan she could think
of was to take the young lord out with her all day long. Till now he
had only had a short walk every day with his tutor, an old gentleman,
who was deaf and had the gout. "I may meet this Dame when I
least expect it," said nurse, "and it will be handy to have the young
lord for her to try -her skill on."
Hey-diddle-diddle was pleased to go, though he didn't smile. Nurse
took him out. the back way, so as not to lose time.
"I shall stay here," said Hey-diddle-diddle, when he found him-
self in the court-yard; he had never been there before. "Hark! what's
that?" He held up his finger, and listened. There was a little'boy
sitting in a corner, playing a cracked fiddle, and opposite him sat a
cat, with her tail twice its usual size, miau-ing loudly.
"Stop," said the boy, "it's not your turn yet, Pussy; wait." Pussy
waited while he played a tune, and then she miau-ed again louder
than before. "Jack, Jack, where are you?" said a cross voice from
the kitchen window. Jack was one of the castle scullions, and he ran
away in a fright, and left his fiddle behind him. Pussy sprang on it
S as if it had been a mouse, but her claws got fixed in the strings, and
she ran about trying to get free.

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NTURSE laughed till she cried, it was so comic to see Pussy and
the fiddle; and when she looked at the little lord she saw his
mouth twitch. He would hardly be persuaded to go in to dinner, and
protested against his afternoon nap. "I want to see Pussy and the
fiddle-I do," he said. "You shall go out again when you wake,"
said nurse; and he was soon fast asleep. It may have been that so
much more air than he was in the habit of getting had made -him
drowsy; anyway, he slept till the moon rose.
His father and mother had gone to spend a day and a night
at Prince Oxgog's castle, or I suppose this long sleep would have
frightened them out of their wits; but nurse was so taken up with
thinking where she should be likely to meet with Dame Nature, that
she was surprised when Hey-diddle woke, and saw how late it was.
"I want to go out; put on my hat," he said. Nurse was afraid to
disobey him, though it was so late, so she took him down a little
staircase which led over a bridge out of the castle into the fields.
"What's that great bit of silver up in the sky?" said Hey-diddle-
diddle, for the poor child had never seen the. moon shining brightly
before. "That's the moon;" but nurse was in a great fright at taking
him out so late. "It's down on the ground now," said Hey-diddle-
diddle, and there was the large round moon shining in the water of
a ditch that ran through the field. Just then a cow came up, and
directly she saw the moon in the water, she began to jump over it
backwards and forwards as fast as she could. Down went her head,
up went her heels, and each time her tail gave a flourish as if it
would say "Bravo."

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TTEY-DIDDLE-DIDDLE looked frightened for a minute, but he had
a brave heart, and he said, "Well done, Colly!" and clapped his
little hands. Nurse laughed so heartily that she thought he must
laugh too, and she looked at his serious face. He was pressing his
lips very tightly together; it almost seemed as if there was a little
laugh, only he would not let it come out. But Snap, Hey-diddle-
diddle's little white dog, barked at the cow's heels till she got frightened.
She ran away to the bottom of the field. There was a pond there,
with some pretty elder bushes growing over it; and when Hey-diddle-
diddle got to the pond he saw the moon again, much larger and
clearer than she had appeared in the ditch.
"Nurse, nurse, I want that moon; send Snap into the water to
fetch it," said Hey-diddle-diddle. And Snap went into the pond.
The cow stood on the opposite side; she had been too fright-
ened when she ran away to see what it was that frightened her;
but when she saw the little dog she gave a loud Mo-o-o-o, and dashed
to meet him, touching the ground with her horns. She saw the' water,
and gave one spring to clear the moon again; but, alas! though
she could jump over the brook, the pond was quite another matter.
Down she came, splash! dash! Mo-o-o-o! all among the water-lilies,
and the little dog sat and laughed till he nearly burst. If you never
heard a dog laugh you can't fancy what a joke it is; as for nurse,
she was forced to hold by a tree to keep from falling down with
laughter; when she looked at Hey-diddle-diddle, there was a smile on
his little. grave face.

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" EARY me," said nurse, "what shall I do? If I can but get
him into the castle with that smile, on his face, I'll claim the
reward that minute." She caught Hey-diddle-diddle by the hand, and
ran home with him; but, alas! she had undone all her work. "I
want to stop," cried Hey-diddle-diddle; "I want to hear the little
dog laugh again;" and when they got home, he was crying instead
of smiling.
"Oh, dear dear said nurse, "if you'll only be good, Lord
Hey-diddle, you shall have strawberries and cream for supper."
She went and brought a china bowl full of cream, and a great
dish of strawberries!
Then she put a great spoonful of sugar into the cream, poured it
over the dish of strawberries, and gave them to Hey-diddle-diddle. Nurse
then fixed some for herself. Presently Hey-diddle-diddle heard a very
crackery-crockery sort of voice say, "Don't, I won't have it." He
looked for nurse; but she had eaten so many strawberries that she
was sound asleep and snoring. Hey-diddle-diddle helped himself to
a fresh spoonful. "I shall, if I choose," said a sweet silvery voice;
and this seemed to come out of his own fingers. "Nurse, nurse,
wake up!" said the little boy; but the next minute he forgot all
about nurse. The spoon jumped out of his hand, and the next
moment up started the dish, the flowers in the centre bulged out,
and formed an arm which caught hold of the spoon. There was a
little struggle, and then the dish ran away with the spoon. Hey-
diddle-diddle lay back in his chair, and laughed so long and so
loud that nurse woke up in a fright.



NUITRSE opened her eyes. They were not big eyes, to begin with,
but you should have seen how big they grew, from sixpences
to shillings, till they looked as big as 'teacups! Hey-diddle never saw
them, not he-he only laughed louder and louder; laughed till it
seemed as if he were letting out all the laughs which had been
prisoned up inside his poor little body ever since it was born. I
expect they had been there all the time, coiled up like a ball of
string; and now they came out in hearty ringing peals, like church
bells at a festival, as if they wanted to make every one merry with
them:-Ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; ha, ha, ha; laughed
Hey-diddle-diddle, and he lay back in his chair and 'kicked his legs
up in the air. Nurse ran to the bell-ropes, but she pulled them
both down; she dared .not leave the little lord alone, and, yet she
wanted every one to come and hear him laugh. She caught up the
shovel and the tongs, flung the lattice-window open, and made an
uproar which almost drowned Hey-diddle-diddle's laughter.
Only for a minute, and then she, too, fell backwards into a chair,
and up went her heels in the air.
The Fairy godmother stood on the window-ledge, and the father
and mother of Hey-diddle-diddle came in at the door.
"There, you foolish people," said the Fairy, "take your child and
make much of him; nurse has got the prescription; and if you
give him up to that Mr. Stilts again, I'll take him off to Fariyland


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