Nursery Songs for July
A Child's Garden of Verses
The Land of Counterpane
ONG, long ago an old hen and her one little chicken went into the woods. The little chicken was named Tuppens. Scratch, scratch, they were busy all day among the leaves finding seeds to eat.
"Do not eat the big seeds," said the old hen to Little Tuppens, "for they will make you cough."
But by and by little Tuppens found a big seed and ate it. Then little Tuppens began to cough. The old hen was frightened at this and ran to the spring. She said:
The spring said:
The old hen ran to the oak-tree and said:
The oak-tree said:
The old hen ran to the little boy and said:
The little boy said:
The old hen ran to the shoe-maker and said:
The shoe-maker said:
The old hen ran to the cow and said:
The cow said:
The old hen ran to the farmer and said:
The farmer said:
The old hen ran to the blacksmith and said:
The blacksmith said:
The old hen ran to the dwarfs and asked for some iron for the blacksmith.
When she had told her story about Little Tuppens to the dwarfs, they wanted to help. They went into their cave and brought out some iron for the blacksmith.