Old Mother Hubbard


Version 1

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.

(Mother Goose Club Version)

Version 2

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor Dog a bone;
But when she came there
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor Dog had none.

She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread,
But when she came back
She thought he was dead.

She went to the joiner's
To buy him a coffin,
But when she came back
The sly dog was laughing.

She took a clean dish,
To get him some tripe,
But when she came back
He was smoking his pipe.

She went to the ale-house,
To get him some beer,
But when she came back
The dog sat in a chair.

She went to the tavern,
For white wine and red,
But when she came back
He stood on his head.

She went to the hatter's
To buy him a hat,
But when she came back
He was feeding the cat.

She went to the barber's
To buy him a wig,
But when she came back
He was dancing a jig.

She went to the fruiterer's
To buy him some fruit,
But when she came back
He was playing a flute.

She went to the tailor's,
To buy him a coat,
But when she came back
He was riding a goat.

She went to the cobbler's,
To buy him some shoes,
But when she came back
He was reading the news.

She went to the seamstress,
To buy him some linen,
But when she came back
The dog was spinning.

She went to the hosier's,
To buy him some hose,
But when she came back
He was dressed in his clothes.

The Dame made a curtsey,
The Dog made a bow;
The Dame said "Your servant,"
The Dog said "Bow wow!"

This wonderful Dog
Was Dame Hubbard's delight;
He could sing, he could dance,
He could read, he could write.

She gave him rich dainties
Whenever he fed,
And erected a monument
When he was dead.

Source: Smith, The Little Mother Goose (1912)




Historical Background

The character Old Mother Hubbard refers to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Wolsey was a very powerful English statesmen and churchman during the sixteenth century Tudor England. The king at the time was Henry VII, who was married to Catherine of Aragon, but infatuatedly in love with Anne Boleyn. Wolsey was unable to grant Henry VII’s divorce, which is widely reputed as Wolsey’s downfall. “Doggie” refers to King Henry, “bone” refers to the divorce, and “cupboard” represents the Church.

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