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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD

Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To give her poor dog a bone,
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
bone
She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread,
But when she came back
The poor dog was dead.
Bread
She went to the joiner's
To buy him a coffin,
But when she came back
The poor dog was laughin'.
Dog
She took a clean dish
To get him some tripe,
But when she came back
He was smoking a pipe.
PipeDog
She went to the alehouse
To get him some beer,
But when she came back
The dog sat in her chair.
Beer
She went to the tavern
For wine white and red,
But when she came back
The dog stood on his head.
HatDog
She went to the hatter's
To buy him a hat,
But when she came back
He was feeding the cat.
Cat
She went to the barber's
To buy him a wig,
But when she came back
He was dancing a jig.
Dog
She went to the fruiterer's
To buy him some fruit,
But when she came back
He was playing the flute.
DogFruit
She went to the tailor's
To buy him a coat,
But when she came back
He was riding a goat.
Goat
She went to the cobbler's
To buy him some shoes,
But when she came back
He was reading the news.
NewsDog
She went to the sempster's
To buy him some linen,
But when she came back
The dog was a-spinning.
DogSpinning Wheel
She went to the hosier's
To buy him some hose,
But when she came back
He was dressed in his clothes.
Dog
The dame made a curtsy,
The dog made a bow,
The dame said, "Your servant,"
The dog said, "Bow-wow."

Origins of Old Mother Hubbard lyrics in British history (from: http://www.rhymes.org.uk/old_mother_hubbard.htm)
The Old Mother Hubbard referred to in this rhyme's words allude to the famous Cardinal Wolsey. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was the most important statesman and churchman of the Tudor history period in 16th century England. Cardinal Wolsey proved to be a faithful servant but displeased the King, Henry VIII, by failing to facilitate the King's divorce from Queen Katherine of Aragon who had been his queen of many years. The reason for seeking the divorce and hence the creation of the Old Mother Hubbard poem was to enable him to marry Anne Boleyn with whom he was passionately in love. In the Old Mother Hubbard song King Henry was the "doggie" and the "bone" refers to the divorce (and not money as many believe) The cupboard relates to the Catholic Church although the subsequent divorce arranged by Thomas Cramner resulted in the break with Rome and the formation of the English Protestant church and the demise of Old Mother Hubbard - Cardinal Wolsey.

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