“Ding, Dong, Bell”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1784 (Gammar Gurton's Garland, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: rescue animal youth

Description

"Ding, dong, bell, Pussy's in the well." Johnny Green (or Tam Linn) put her in. Tommy Stout pulls her out. "What a naughty boy was that, To try to drown poor pussy cat, Who never did him any harm, And killed the mice in his father's barn"

Notes

The Baring-Goulds report that Katherine Elwes Thomas believed this to come from Bristol, where there was a tradition of ringing the city bells at any excuse. A reasonable speculation, but no more. - RBW

References

  1. Opie-Oxford2 134, "Ding, dong, bell" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #43, p. 56, "(Ding dong bell)"
  3. Roud #12853
  4. BI, OO2134