Naughty little boys

at the Kröller-Müller museum

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     Baby, baby, naughty baby,
     Hush, you squalling thing, I say.
     Peace this moment, peace, or maybe
     Bonaparte will pass this way.

     Baby, baby, he’s a giant,
     Tall and black as Rouen steeple,
     And he breakfasts, dines, rely on’t,
     Every day on naughty people.

     Baby, baby, if he hears you,
     As he gallops past the house,
     Limb from limb at once he’ll tear you,
     Just as pussy tears a mouse.

     And he’ll beat you, beat you, beat you,
     And he’ll beat you all to pap,
     And he’ll eat you, eat you, eat you        

Old nursery rhyme

(note : Bonaparte was used as a bogey-man )

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  1. You – in common with some other sites – have left off the last line:

    ..and he’ll beat you, beat you, beat you
    and he’ll beat you all to pap
    and he’ll eat you, eat you, eat you,
    every morsel, snap, snap, snap.

    (Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, 1951 edition)

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