Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cracked fairy tales- revised





A Frog he would a-Wooing go. This is The Original.


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This book is a recreation of the original picture book by Randolph Caldecott. This one has a 1988 copyright by New Orchard Editions, Link House, West Street Poole, Dorset BH15 1LL, UK. It was printed in Purtugal by Printer Purtugesa.


The picture on the postcard illustrating this rhyme is the first picture in Caldecott's book. Here are some other pictures from the book. Front cover, Back cover,
The text in this book is similar to that in The Funny Froggy Bubble Book, with the same chorus. However, there are some differences. The frog meets the same demise as that in both The Funny Froggy Bubble Book and in the cloth book.


A Frog he would a-wooing go

A Frog he would a-wooing go,
Heigho, says Rowley!
Whether his Mother would let him or no.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

So off he set with his opera hat,
Heigho, says Rowley!
And on his way he met with a Rat.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

"Pray, Mr. Rat, will you go with me,"
Heigho, says Rowley!
:Pretty Miss Mousey for to see?"
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

Now they soon arrived at Mousey's Hall,
Heigho, says Rowley!
And gave a loud knock, and gave a loud call.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

:Pray, Miss Mousey, are you within?"
Heigho, says Rowley!
"Oh, yes, kind Sirs, I'm sitting to spin."
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

"Pray, Miss Mouse, will you give us ginger beer?"
Heigho, says Rowley!
"For Froggy and I are fond of good cheer."
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

"Pray, Mr. Frog, will you give us a song?"
Heigho, says Rowley!
Whether his Mother would let him or no."But let it be something that's not very long."
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

"Indeed, Miss Mouse," replied Mr. Frog,
Heigho, says Rowley!
"A cold has made me as hoarse as a Hog."
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

"Since you have caught cold," Miss Mousey said,
Heigho, says Rowley!
"I'll sing you a song that I have just made."
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!"

But while they were all thus a merry-making,
Heigho, says Rowley!
A Cat and her Kittens came tumbling in.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

The Cat she seized the Rat by the crown;
Heigho, says Rowley!
The Kittens they pulled the little Mouse down.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

This put Mr. Frog in a terrible fright;
Heigho, says Rowley!
He took up his hat, and he wished them good night.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

But as Froggy was crossing a silvery brook,
Heigho, says Rowley!
A lily-white Duck came and gobbled him up.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!

So there was an end of one, two, and three,
Heigho, says Rowley!
The Rat, the Mouse, and the little Frog-gee.
With a rowley-powley, gammon and spinach,
Heigho, says Anthony Rowley!





And Now, My Reply....






A FROGGIE, HE WOULD A WOOING GO????????

A frog go woo?
Who WOULD he woo to?
Some old widder-woman frog, or a
frisky tadpole, new??

(what is to woo anywho?
What a weird word “woo”is, too.
Does it mean to court, date or just to screw?)

Can you see the old hopper
In his red dapper vest?
Clutching a bouquet of weeds
to his chest?
Trying so hard to find a
woman-frog
to clean up his nest.!




Bein' all friendly and charming, too
He covers his warts with a cover-up goo
Trims his froggie toenails, sticks his
wide foot in a shoe.


And for all of his trouble
he finds no one to woo.

After seeking and searching he sits
on the road.
His emerald green fantasy... well
she never showed.
He NEEDED someone to share
his load.
And a thought came to him,
“Maybe I can find a toad.”

4 comments:

GardeningJo said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!

dragyonfly said...

LOL...thanks Jo

teri said...

I'm going to assume you wrote this, and having made that assumption I'm then going to say that I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WROTE THIS. Amazing. I love it! (Now what that PICTURE has to do with).....LOL

dragyonfly said...

LOL...thanks Teri, It was more of a reply to the Childrens poem, "A froggie, he would a wooing, go." I read it years ago and it has always popped up in my head, or at least the first few lines. It was sing-songy.
And the picture? Well, it's a photo of a Merman on display at the Hot Springs, Ark Alligator Farm. I dunno, I just like it. I usually tell people its my ex-husband.