Little Bo-Peep


Little Bo-Peep
   The first verse of Little Bo-Peep is still a well-known 'nursery rhymes, although the Opies print a text with five. The first known texts date only from the early years of the 19th century, but a version of the song 'Yankee Doodle', printed in 1777, has a close analogy commencing 'Our Jemima's lost her mare', and the term 'Bo-Peep' (usually referring to a nursery game) is considerably older. As for the nursery rhyme, however, nothing more can be said about its origins or early development, until further evidence is discovered.
   ■ Opie and Opie, 1997: 107-8.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

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