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Mother Goose Rhymes
Tom, he was a piper's son,
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Tom, he was a piper's son,
he learnt to play
when he was young,
and all the tune
that he could play
was 'Over the hills
and far away';
Over the hills and
a great way off,
the wind shall blow
my top-knot off.

Tom with his pipe
made such a noise,
that he pleased both
the girls and boys,
and they all stopped
to hear him play,
'Over the hills
and far away'.

Tom with his pipe
did play with such skill
that those who heard
him could never keep still;
as soon as he played
they began for to dance,
even pigs on their hind legs
would after him prance.

As Dolly was milking
her cow one day,
Tom took his pipe
and began to play;
So Doll and the cow
danced 'The Cheshire Round',
til the pail was broken
and the milk ran on the ground.

He met old Dame Trot
with a basket of eggs,
he used his pipe
and she used her legs;
she danced about
til the eggs were all broke,
she began for to fret,
but he laughed at the joke.

Tom saw a cross fellow
was beating an ass,
heavy laden with pots,
pans, dishes and glass;
he took out his pipe
and he played them a tune,
and the poor donkey's load
was lightened full soon.

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