Thursday, February 1, 2018

"Sighs and leers..."

Browsing once again in The Annotated Mother Goose I found this. I knew the first two verses but the rest was unfamiliar.

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
What are old women made of?
What are old women made of?
Bushes and thorns
And old cow's horns,
That's what old women are made of.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And all that's nice,
That's what little girls are made of.
What are our sailors made of?
What are our sailors made of?
Pitch and tar,
Pig-tail and scar,
That's what our sailors are made of.
What are young men made of?
What are young men made of?
Sighs and leers
And crocodile tears,
That's what young men are made of.
What are our soldiers made of?
What are our soldiers made of?
Pipeclay and drill,
The foeman to kill,
That's what our soldiers are made of.
What are young women made of?
What are young women made of?
Ribbons and laces,
And sweet pretty faces,
That's what young women are made of.