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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep is one of the oldest English Language nursery rhymes. The oldest surviving version of this nursery rhyme can be traced back to 1731, and its first printed version can be found in “Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Songbook”. This rhyme also appears in “Mother Goose’s Melody”, a collection of various poems. In this book, the poem “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” remains the same, as we know it now, except for the last line of the poem.

Many theories have been put forth as to evaluate the origins and the reasons of origins of this rhyme. The two most common ones are that the poem originated due to the increasing prices and heavy taxation on wool and the other is that this poem is about the slave trade. Also, read

Baa Baa Black Sheep

baa baa black sheep

baa baa black sheep

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Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the little girl

Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the old man

Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Many bags full;

Some for my Master,

Some for my Future,

The rest for sharing

With the people on the lane.

Summary:

This poem begins with the narrator asking a sheep if it has some wool. To which the sheep happily replies with a yes and tells the narrator that it has three bags full of wool. The sheep continues to tell the narrator that one of the bags is for the sheep’s master and the second for the sheep’s lady (dame). And then the sheep says that the last of his wool would be given to the little boy who lived down the lane.

A Little Something For Parents:

Poems should be an integral part of your child’s growing process as they make their lives more colorful and vibrant by adding a variety of rich experience. So, every child should be encouraged to read more and more poems.

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