“Lady of the Land (Here's a Poor Widow)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1898 (Gomme)
Keywords: cook children poverty playparty
Found in: Britain(England,Scotland) Ireland


"Here comes a poor (woman/widow) from (Babylon/baby-land), WIth three small children in her hand. One can brew, the other can bake, The other can make a pretty round cake.... Pray, ma'am, will you take one in?"


  1. Leyden 19, "Here's a Poor Widow from Sandy Row" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #641, p. 256, "(Here comes a poor woman from baby-land)"
  3. Montgomerie-ScottishNR 85, "(Here's a poor widow from Sandisland)" (1 text)
  4. Roud #12975
  5. BI, BGMG641